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Thomas Campbell Gordon

Person ID #1, (1866 - 1923)
Last Edited12 Sep 2018
Great-grandfather of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherJames Gordon (1831 - 1892)
MotherElizabeth McKean (1837 - 1900)
Included in the following Charts:Box Pedigree of Warren M Gordon Jr.
Common Ancestor - Several descendants of David James McNay
Descendants of David James McNay
Descendants of Samuel Gordon
Gordon Descendants for Six Generations
Indented Pedigree of Warren M Gordon Jr

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Thomas Campbell Gordon, birth certificate, 1866
Thomas C. Gordon's cabin at Big Birch Lake, Minnesota - ca 1920 (It was destroyed in a fire)
Thomas Campbell Gordon (1866-1923)
Gordon Motor Company ca 1914 - Little Falls, Minnesota (Owned by Thomas C. Gordon and his two sons, Warren and Harker)
Thomas Campbell Gordon memories
Thomas C. Gordon obituary, 1923
Gordon Motor Car Company formation, 1919
Gordon Motor Car Company, 1919
Gordon Motor Car Company, 1919
Gordon Motor Car Company, 1920
Gordon Motor Car Company, 1921
Thomas Campbell Gordon, passenger list, 1887
Letter of Recommendation for Thomas Campbell Gordon written by Thomas Rowatt Jr of London, England in 1887

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

16 Mar 18660Thomas Campbell Gordon was born on 16 Mar 1866 at Poplar House in Tondu, Bridgend, Glamorgan, WalesG+.1,2
Immigration

1887~21He immigrated to America in 1887.3
Psgr List

11 Jul 188721He was found on a passenger list on 11 Jul 1887 in New York, New York, United StatesG. He arrived in New York aboard the ship "Servia" which departed from Liverpool and Queenstown, Ireland. His destination was Minnesota. Thomas most likely boarded in Queenstown as his family was living in Ireland at that time.4
Marriage

Mary Alice (May) Stillwell
17 May 188923Thomas Campbell Gordon married Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, daughter of John Thomas Stillwell (Stilwell) and Nancy Beaumont Warren, on 17 May 1889 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United States.
Thomas C Gordon and May Stilwe
Note

9 Jan 191144Newspaper article about T.C. Gordon
Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, MN., January 9, 1911


Chef Gordon in Action
Beginning with this evening and for several days if T.C. Gordon cannot be found in his office during regular business hours, he can be reached by phone at his residence, where he plans on doing the "chief cook" act with the electric range now being installed. The result of Mr. Gordon's experiment will be watched with interest as several are planning on installing electric ranges in the near future. The electric range is not only a convenience, but an economizer in fuel as shown by its use in other places and will duplicate its usefulness here.

Note

1915~49Extracted from

History
of
Morrison and Todd Counties
Minnesota
Their People, Industries and Institutions


By
Clara K. Fuller

With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and
Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families

Volume II

ILLUSTRATED

1915
B.F. Bowen & Company, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana

Pages 509-511

THOMAS C. GORDON.

The biographer takes pleasure in herewith presenting a few facts in the life of Thomas C. Gordon, one of the most enterprising citizens of Little Falls, Morrison county, Minnesota.

Thomas C. Gordon is a native of Wales, born in the southern portion of that country on March 16, 1866, son of James and Margaret Elizabeth (McKean) Gordon. The mother was a native of Kirkcudbright, Scotland, while the father was born in Dumfries. James Gordon had been educated as a civil engineer, but he devoted the active years of his life almost entirely to agricultural work and passed his entire life in various parts of the United Kingdom. He made a study of agriculture and stock raising and was known as one of the most advanced agriculturists of his country. He imported from America the first harvesting machine which entered Ireland. This was a Deering and was a great wonder in those days. He also took into Ireland the first herd of Scotch sheep and demonstrated that they were better adapted to conditions of the Emerald Isle than those native to it. James Gordon, was throughout his life a faithful member of the Presbyterian church and was a man of strong individuality and marked ability.

Thomas C. Gordon is the fifth child in a family of nine children and received his elementary education at a private school in Wales. He came to this country when twenty-one years of age, landing at New York city and coming direct to Minnesota. At Saint Paul he took up work with the Little Falls Water Power Company. However, he remained in that city but a month, when he was transferred to Little Falls. That was in 1887 and he has since made Little Falls his home, being prominently identified with the life of that place. For about two years after forming his connection with the company in question he was assistant to the engineer and also kept the books of the company, and in 1889 he was made secretary-treasurer. He fills that position still with the addition of the duties of general manager, conferred on him in 1903.

In addition to his duties with the Little Falls Water Power Company, Mr. Gordon has found time for taking an interest in several other business ventures. In the fall of 1888 he organized and assumed the management of the Gordon Lumber Company at Little Falls, which firm did a retail lumber business and Mr. Gordon continued at its head for three years, when he disposed of his interest. In 1890 he formed a corporation known as the Peoples Ice Company, and he remained with that company for twelve years, when he sold his interest. In the same year (1890) he organized the Little Falls Building and Loan Association and was made its secretary and treasurer. He continued in that connection as an officer for about three years. Mr. Gordon was also secretary of the Little Falls Milling Company, from 1890 to 1894, and was secretary of the Little Falls Electric and Water Company, now inactive. He was also instrumental in forming the Morrison County Electric Light, Heat and Power Company, now out of existence, and was its secretary-treasurer. He also fills the same office for the Pike Rapids Hydro- Electric Company, which owns and controls an excellent power site, which, however, has never been developed. Mr. Gordon through his unusual ability has contributed very largely to the commercial life of his chosen city and this Community is much indebted to him for its advancement along many lines. Thomas C. Gordon was married on May 17, 1889, to Mary A. Stilwell, born in Little Falls on May 19, 1864, and to their union have been born four children. Warren, the eldest, married Georgia St. Martin; Harker, Bertha and Mercy are still at home with the parents. Mr. Gordon and his family are held in high esteem by their many friends and move in the best
social circles of their city.

Mr. Gordon has for many years been a devout member of the Episcopal church and advances its interests whenever possible. Politically, he is a Republican and has served his party as alderman of Little Falls for two years. For the past fourteen years he has been a member of the board of education of this city and in 1915 was again elected for a three-year term. For the past eight years, he has served that body as its president.

While not directly interested in agriculture, Mr. Gordon has the best interests of the farming element at heart and is an earnest advocate of twentieth-century methods in that vocation, and as an evidence of his sympathy with those so engaged, he fills the office of president of the Agricultural Society of Morrison county. Mr. Gordon holds fraternal affiliation with the time-honored body of Freemasonry, the Knights of Pythias, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Knights of the Maccabees, and the Modern Woodmen, of America, in the workings of all of which he evinces more than a passive interest. Mr. Gordon is a good representative of a virile type of manhood—the men who do things, and these men become the natural leaders in any community where their lot may be cast. Mr. Gordon possesses keen foresight, good judgment and his honor and integrity are above reproach. He is one of the worthy citizens of Little Falls who are always anxious to acquire for their city all possible advantages possessed by any other, and as a man of many excellent parts he is held in high esteem by all.
Death

16 Apr 192357Thomas died on 16 Apr 1923 in 600 4th Street SW, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 57.5
Obituary

17 Apr 192357Obituary of Thomas C. Gordon
Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, MN, April 17, 1923

Little Falls Mourns Death of T.C. Gordon

Every resident of the city as well as those in other localities who knew Thomas C. Gordon will learn with sorrow and regret of his death which occurred yesterday afternoon at his home here, following a year's illness.

Though everything known to medical science was done in his behalf, added to the loving care of his wife and two daughters, who are trained nurses, the ravages of disease could not be checked and he gradually grew weaker, finally falling into a peaceful sleep shortly after 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon from which he did not waken. He had been in fairly good health the past few months, but suddenly became weaker yesterday morning.

Thomas C. Gordon was a native of Wales, born in the southern portion of that country on March 16, 1866. He was the fifth of a family of nine children and received his elementary education at a private school in Wales. He came to this country when 21 years of age, landing at New York city and coming directly to Minnesota. At St. Paul he took up work with the Little Falls Water Power company. However, he remained in that city but a month, when he transferred to this city. That was in 1887 and he has since made Little Falls his home, having been prominently identified with the life of this place. For about two years after forming his connection with the company he was assistant to the engineer and also kept the books of the company. In 1889 he was made secretary-treasurer. The duties of general manager were conferred on him in 1903.

In 1918 Mr. Gordon disposed of his interests in the Water Power company and shortly thereafter engaged in the automobile and garage business in partnership with his two sons, Warren and Harker.

In addition to his duties with the Little Falls Water Power company and the Gordon Motor company, Mr. Gordon also found time for taking an interest in several other business ventures. In the fall of 1888 he organized and assumed the management of the Gordon Lumber company here, which firm did a retail lumber business and Mr. Gordon continued at its head for three years after which he disposed of his interest. In 1899 he formed a corporation known as the Peoples Ice company, and he remained with that company for twelve years. In 1890 he also organized the Little Falls Building and Loan association and was made its secretary and treasurer. He continued in that connection as an officer for about three years. Mr. Gordon was also secretary of the Little Falls Milling company from 1890 to 1894 and was secretary of the Little Falls Electric company, now inactive.

He was instrumental in forming the Morrison County Electric Light, Heat and Power company, now out of existence, and was its secretary - treasurer. He filled the same office for the Pike Rapids Hydro-Electric company, which owned and controlled the excellent power site a few miles below the city. Mr. Gordon through his unusual ability contributed very largely to the commercial life of his chosen city and this community is much indebted to him for its advancements along many lines.

Thomas C. Gordon was married May 17, 1889 to Mary A. Stillwell, and four children were born to them. They are Warren, Harker, Bertha and Mercy. The two sons have been associated with their father in the motor business, Miss Bertha is a trained nurse employed at Rochester and Miss Mercy has similar employment at Milwaukee.

Mr. Gordon was for many years a devout member of the Episcopal church and assisted greatly in its work here. He served as alderman of the city for two years, and for 15 years or more was a member of the board of education. He served as president of that body for eight years.

While not directly interested in agriculture, Mr. Gordon had the best interests of the farming element at heart and was an earnest advocate of 20th century methods in that vocation. As an evidence of his sympathy with those engaged he filled the office of president of the Morrison County Agricultural society for several years.

Mr. Gordon held fraternal affiliations with the Masons, Elks, Maccabees and Woodmen, in the workings of all which he evinced more than a passive interest. he possessed keen foresight, good judgement and his honor and integrity were above reproach. He was one of the worthy citizens of Little Falls who was always anxious to acquire for his city all possible advantages possessed by any other and as a man of many excellent parts he was held in high esteem by all.

In addition to his immediate family he leaves three brothers and five sisters. They are Will Gordon, British Columbia; George Gordon, Los Angeles; James Gordon, St. Paul; Mrs. Jessie Quosbarth, St. Paul; Mrs. Bertha Munson, Minneapolis; Mrs. Nora Swarbreck, Minneapolis; Mrs. Maggie Napier, St. Paul; Mrs. Elizabeth MacDonald, London England.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Episcopal church, Rev. Arthur Goodger officiating. Following the service at the church the local masonic lodge will take charge and perform the services at the grave. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery. members of the masonic order will be pallbearers. They are J.K. Martin, G.W. Massey, George Peterson, N.J. Peterson, Dr. C.H. Longley and Harry Stillwell.

Members of the Masonic and Elks lodges will meet at their respective lodge halls shortly before time for the services and attend the church as delegations.

Burial

18 Apr 192357He was buried on 18 Apr 1923 in Oakland Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

Find A Grave Memorial Link.6
Biography

The following is an excerpt from the "Biography of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Gordon given by Mrs. Gordon and taken from the "Histories of Morrison and Todd Counties" as recorded by Mrs. Minnie Cochrane for the Morrison County Historical Society - November 1937.

     Thomas C. Gordon was born in the southern part of Wales, March 18, 1866. He was the son of James and Margaret Elizabeth McKean Gordon. Elizabeth McKean Gordon was born in Kirkcudbright, Scotland. (Ed. note: She was actually born in Lancaster, Manchester, England) James was born in Dumfries, Scotland. (Ed. note: He was actually born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England).
     Although he was educated as an engineer, he devoted most of the active years of his life to agricultural work in various parts of the United Kingdom. The first harvesting machine to enter Ireland was imported from the United States by James Gordon. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a "man of strong individuality and marked ability."
     Thomas C. Gordon received his elementary education in a private school in Wales. In 1887, when twenty-one years old he came to the United States, landed in New York City, then came directly to Minnesota. He first located in St. Paul and worked for the Little Falls Water Power Co. A month later he was transferred to Little Falls. For two years he was assistant to the engineer and kept the books for the company. He became Secretary Treasurer in 1889 and General Manager in 1903.
     Besides his duties with the Little Falls Water Power Co., Mr. Gordon was interested in several other business ventures. In 1888 he organized the Gordon Lumber Co. and was manager of the company for three years, then disposed of his interest. He organized the People's Ice Co. in 1890, remaining with the Company for twelve years when he sold his interest. In 1890 he organized the Little Falls Building and Loan Association. He was Secretary Treasurer of the organization for three years. He was Secretary of the Little Falls Milling Company from 1890 to 1894, also Secretary of the Little Falls Electric and Water Power Company. Mr. Gordon organized and was Secretary Treasurer of the Morrison Electric Light, Heat and Power Company and of the Pike Rapids Hydro-Electric Company.
     On May 17, 1889 Thomas C. Gordon married Mary A. Stilwell in Little Falls. In about 1893 Mr. Gordon built the home at 600 4th. St. S.W. where he lived until he died. He also owned a summer home at Birch Lake.
     Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Gordon had four children: Warren McKean Gordon, James Harker Gordon, Bertha Gordon, and Mercy Gordon.
     Thomas C. Gordon was a Republican. He was much interested in civic affairs. He was alderman for two years, president of the Agricultural Society, member of the school board from 1904 to 1930 when he resigned. During that time he was President of the Board from 1910 to 1920. He took an active part in affairs of the Civic League, being especially interested in the Playground project sponsored by the League just before the World War. Summer playgrounds for the children with two part time paid directors were established. The work was given up when the United States entered the war. Petrus Liljedahl, the Athletic Director for the movement, went overseas and was killed.
     In summing up his character, the "History of Morrison and Todd Counties", published in 1915, said of him: "Mr. Gordon is a good representative of a virile type of manhood - the men who do things, and these men become natural leaders in any community where this lot is cast. Mr. Gordon possesses keen foresight, good judgment, and his honor and integrity are above reproach. He is one of the citizens of Little Falls who are always anxious to acquire for their city all possible advantages possessed by any other and is held in high esteem by all."
     In 1918 Mr. Gordon disposed of his interest in the Water Power Co. Soon after that, in partnership with his sons, Warren and Harker, he organized the Gordon Motor Co. This company built at 117 S.E. 1st St., a building to be used as sales room with garage in the rear, and took the agency for Chevrolet cars. After the death of Mr. Gordon, the company sold both building and the business.
     Mr. and Mrs. Gordon were active members in the Episcopal Church. Mr. Gordon was for many years an officer. He was also a member of the committee which had charge of the building of the present church completed in 1900 and donated the chancel window, the subject of which is "Resurrection Morn".
     Thomas Campbell Gordon died April 17, 1923. The following is taken from the editorial column of the Little Falls Transcript" of that date: "In the passing of Thomas Campbell Gordon, Little Falls suffers a distinct loss. He was one of her foremost citizens, a manly man - one whose energy and business sagacity were ever in waiting to do whatever task he might be called upon to do. His was an exemplary life, above reproach. While Mr. Gordon gave a greater share of his time and talents to public affairs than the ordinary man, yet domestic life was the paramount factor of his life. He loved his home folks and in turn was loved by them. They have the heartfelt sympathy in the community in which he so long served and the lasting knowledge that this city is a better one for his having lived in it."
     After the death of her husband, Mrs. Gordon sold both the home and the lake property. Since then she has spent the greater part of each year with her daughters, although she still calls Little Falls home. She usually comes back twice a year. The first eight years after she left here she spent in Minneapolis. Since then she has been with Miss Bertha Gordon in Chicago. They reside at 915 East 56th Street, Chicago.

Probate

1925~59His estate was probated in 1925 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.
T.C. Gordon Estate - Probate and Sale, 1925

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
1871 UK Census2 Apr 18715He was listed as James Gordon's son in the 1871 UK census taken on 2 Apr 1871 in Poplar House, Tondu, Bridgend, Glamorgan, WalesG+.7
James Gordon, location of Poplar House, Tondu, Wales, 1871
Present day map showing where Poplar House, Tondu, Wales once stood
1881 UK Census3 Apr 188115Thomas was enumerated as the son of Elizabeth McKean on the 1881 Wales Census residing at 2 Richmond Terrace in Cardiff, Saint John's Parish, Glamorgan. Thomas was 15 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Margaret Elizabeth Gordon, William Gordon, Maggie Wallace McKean Gordon, Bertha Clement Gordon, George Morley Gordon, and Nora Gordon.8
Census19002 Jun 190034Thomas was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1900 United States Census residing at 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Thomas was 34 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, James Harker Gordon, Bertha Nancy Gordon, and Mercy Whipple Gordon.3
Census191020 Apr 191044Thomas was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1910 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Thomas was 44 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, James Harker Gordon, Bertha Nancy Gordon, and Mercy Whipple Gordon.9
Census192012 Jan 192053Thomas was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1920 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Thomas was 53 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell and James Harker Gordon.10

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
1881Clerk at Cardiff, Glamorgan, WalesG8
1900Bookkeeper at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+3
1905Manufacturer at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+11
1910Superintendent of the water works at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+9
1920Owner and auto salesman for the Gordon Motor Company, a Chevrolet dealership at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+10

Children with: Mary Alice (May) Stillwell (1864 - 1940)

SonWarren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr (1890 - 1959)
SonJames Harker Gordon (1892 - 1972)
DaughterBertha Nancy Gordon (1893 - 1987)
DaughterMercy Whipple Gordon (1895 - 1987)

Citations

  1. [S216] FreeBMD, England & Wales, Birth, Marriage, Death Indexes, online http://www.freebmd.org.uk, Bridgend District, Vol 11a, Page 461. Hereinafter cited as FreeBMD.
  2. [S122] Thomas Campbell Gordon, Birth Certificate 12 April 1866, General Register Office, London, England.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1900 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957.
  5. [S218] Ancestry.com - Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002), online www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002).
  6. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 119800854. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1871 Wales Census.
  8. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1881 Wales Census.
  9. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1910 US Census.
  10. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1920 US Census.
  11. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1905 Minnesota State Census.

Mary Alice (May) Stillwell

Person ID #2, (1864 - 1940)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Great-grandmother of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherJohn Thomas Stillwell (Stilwell) (1819 - 1895)
MotherNancy Beaumont Warren (1825 - 1887)
Included in the following Charts:Box Pedigree of Warren M Gordon Jr.
Descendants of Abraham Warren
Indented Pedigree of Warren M Gordon Jr

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Mary Alice Stillwell
Mary A. Stillwell Funeral Announcement - Little Falls, Minnesota, 1940
Mary A. Stillwell Obituary - Little Falls, Minnesota, 1940

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

19 May 18640Mary Alice (May) Stillwell was born on 19 May 1864 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.1
Marriage

Thomas Campbell Gordon
17 May 188924Mary Alice (May) Stillwell married Thomas Campbell Gordon, son of James Gordon and Elizabeth McKean, on 17 May 1889 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United States.
Thomas C Gordon and May Stilwe
Death

24 Jan 194075Mary died on 24 Jan 1940 in Billings Hospital, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United StatesG+, at age 75.1
Cause of Death

24 Jan 194075She died of fractured hip and phthisis pulmonalis (i.e. consumption.)1
Obituary

25 Jan 194075Obituary of Mary A. Stillwell
Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, MN., January 25, 1940

Mrs. Mary Gordon Dies In Chicago

Mrs. Mary Gordon, 75, died last evening at Billings hospital in Chicago, where she had been receiving treatment since November 19 when she fell and fractured her hip. Miss Bertha Gordon of Chicago and Harker Gordon of Pittsburgh will accompany the body here, arriving tomorrow noon, and Miss Mercy Gordon of St. Paul will join them en route. Funeral arrangements have not been completed but services will probably be held Saturday afternoon.

Mary A. Stillwell was born in Little Falls May 19, 1864, the daughter of John and Nancy Warren Stillwell, who resided on Fifth street and First avenue northeast. She was married to Thomas C. Gordon May 17, 1889. Mrs. Gordon moved to Minneapolis and for the past few years has been in Chicago with her daughter.

Surviving are four children, Warren M. Gordon of this city; Harker, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mercy, St. Paul, and Bertha, Chicago.

Burial

27 Jan 194075She was buried on 27 Jan 1940 in Oakland Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

Find A Grave Memorial Link.2
Biography

The following is an excerpt from the "Biography of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Gordon given by Mrs. Gordon and taken from the "Histories of Morrison and Todd Counties" as recorded by Mrs. Minnie Cochrane for the Morrison County Historical Society - November 1937.

     Mary A. Stilwell was born in Little Falls, May 19, 1864. She is the daughter of John Thomas Stilwell and Nancy Warren Stilwell. Thomas Stilwell was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He came to Swan River in 1849. "This deserted village" as Frank B. Logan styles it in "Historical Sketches of Royalton and Vicinity", was located on the East bank of the Mississippi River seven miles northwest of Royalton. At the time Mr. Stilwell came to Swan River, it was a busy trading post. William H. Hood, editor of "Frontiersman", said of it in 1855: "There was probably more business done at this point (1848-51) than at any other place in the country and more than has ever been done there since. It was a rendezvous of all the principal Indian traders among the Chippewas and Winnebagoes - a depot for Indian goods. The place was always filled with strangers. All sorts of spirits gathered there - some for fun, some for money, and all for something. The hotel was well kept and always crowded." The first ferry in Morrison County was established at Swan River by William Aiken in 1848.
     Thomas Stilwell was a carpenter and worked at his trade in Swan River until 1856 when he ran the hotel. While living in Swan River he married Nancy Warren who came with her parents to Swan River from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. One of Nancy Warren's ancestors came over in the Mayflower and others fought in the American Revolution.
     After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Stilwell remained for a time in Swan River. Two of their children, John and Sara Jane, were born there. Sara Jane Stilwell is now Mrs. Tellant. She resided in Florida and has been very active in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. "Was one of the instigators of the movement by the D.A.R.'s to purchase the land in Washington D.C. upon which the organization built its beautiful Memorial Hall." Mr. and Mrs. Stilwell moved to Little Falls in the early sixties and Mary was born there in 1864.


     After coming to Little Falls, Mr. Stilwell followed his trade as carpenter and became a contractor, often going into the Western country to build elevators. At one time his work called him as far west as Fort Assinniboine, Montana. Mrs. Gordon says, "The family felt very sad when he had to go so far away, to the ends of the earth. When he came home he had many interesting stories to tell of his adventures. Sometimes when traveling on the Red River, the boat would have to stop and wait for a herd of buffalo to cross over."
     After moving to Little Falls, Mr. Stilwell bought half a block on the southside of First Avenue between Fifth and Fourth Streets. "This was before there were any railroad tracks on the eastside."
     Mr. Stilwell died July 4, 1887 and Mrs. Stilwell died at the Gordon home in Little Falls. Mary Stilwell attended school in Little Falls. "There was no high school then." Among the teachers she remembers are Mrs. E.S. Smith "who was a great person to always be getting up plays for the interest of the school" and J.C. Flynn, " a very good teacher." Mary attended church and Sunday school at the old Episcopal Church which was built in 1869 and located at the corner of First Street and Third Avenue N.E. (In 1900 this building was moved from First Street to the rear of the lot at Fourth Street and First Avenue SouthEast where the present Episcopal church is). When the new church was built in 1903, the old building was sold to the Swedish Methodist Congregation and moved down on the flats. Mr. Elwell was the first rector she remembers. Her mother, Mrs. Nancy Stilwell, was one of the four charter members of the Episcopal church.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
CensusMN1 Jun 18651Mary was enumerated as the daughter of John Thomas Stillwell (Stilwell) on the 1865 Minnesota Census in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Mary was 1 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Nancy Beaumont Warren, George Washington Stillwell, Sara Jane (Jennie) Stillwell, and Emily A. Stillwell.3
Census18702 Jun 18706She was listed as a member of John's household in the 1870 U.S. Census taken 2 Jun 1870 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.4
CensusMN1 May 187510Mary was enumerated as the daughter of John Thomas Stillwell (Stilwell) on the 1875 Minnesota Census in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Mary was 10 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Nancy Beaumont Warren, George Washington Stillwell, Sara Jane (Jennie) Stillwell, and Emily A. Stillwell.5
Census188026 Jun 188016Mary was enumerated as the daughter of John Thomas Stillwell (Stilwell) on the 1880 United States Census in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Mary was 16 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Nancy Beaumont Warren.6
CensusMN14 May 188520Mary was enumerated as the daughter of John Thomas Stillwell (Stilwell) on the 1885 Minnesota Census in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Mary was 20 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Nancy Beaumont Warren.7
Census19002 Jun 190036Mary was enumerated as the wife of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1900 United States Census residing at 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Mary was 36 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, James Harker Gordon, Bertha Nancy Gordon, and Mercy Whipple Gordon.8
Census191020 Apr 191045Mary was enumerated as the wife of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1910 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Mary was 45 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, James Harker Gordon, Bertha Nancy Gordon, and Mercy Whipple Gordon.9
Census192012 Jan 192055Mary was enumerated as the wife of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1920 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Mary was 55 years old.

Also residing in the same household were James Harker Gordon.10

Children with: Thomas Campbell Gordon (1866 - 1923)

SonWarren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr (1890 - 1959)
SonJames Harker Gordon (1892 - 1972)
DaughterBertha Nancy Gordon (1893 - 1987)
DaughterMercy Whipple Gordon (1895 - 1987)

Citations

  1. [S102] Mary A. Stillwell Obituary, Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, Minnesota, January 25, 1940. Hereinafter cited as Little Falls Transcript.
  2. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 119801024. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1865 Minnesota State Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1870 US Census.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1875 Minnesota Census.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1880 US Census.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1885 Minnesota Census.
  8. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1900 US Census.
  9. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1910 US Census.
  10. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1920 US Census.

Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr

Person ID #3, (1890 - 1959)
Last Edited12 Feb 2018
Grandfather of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherThomas Campbell Gordon (1866 - 1923)
MotherMary Alice (May) Stillwell (1864 - 1940)
Included in the following Charts:Box Pedigree of Warren M Gordon Jr.
Common Ancestor - Several descendants of David James McNay
Descendants of Abraham Warren
Descendants of David James McNay
Descendants of Samuel Gordon
Gordon Descendants for Six Generations
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1930 US Census, LIttle Falls, Minnesota - citing the Warren M. Gordon Family
Warren McKean Gordon Sr., World War I Draft Registration, 1917
Georgiana and Warren Gordon Sr, Little Falls, Minnesota - ca 1950
Warren M. Gordon Sr at the wedding of his son, Warren Jr. - 1946
Warren M. Gordon Sr and Jr, Little Falls, Minnesota - 1946
Warren McKean Gordon Sr. - 1946
Warren M. Gordon Sr. obituary, 1959
Warren M Gordon Electric Shop, 1914
Warren M Gordon Sr. wedding, 1914
Warren M Gordon Sr and Georgianna St. Martin wedding - 1914

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

6 Jun 18900Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr was born on 6 Jun 1890 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.1,2
Marriage

Georgianna St. Martin
22 Oct 191424Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr married Georgianna St. Martin, daughter of Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin and Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard, on 22 Oct 1914 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States.
Milit-WWI

5 Jun 191726Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr registered for World War I military service on 5 Jun 1917 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.2
Death

21 Sep 195969Warren died on 21 Sep 1959 in Saint Gabriel's Hospital, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 69.3,4
Cause of Death

21 Sep 195969He died of acute cardiovascular collapse.4
Obituary

21 Sep 195969Obituary of Warren M. Gordon Sr.
Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, MN, September 21, 1959

Warren M. Gordon, Sr.

Warren M. Gordon, Sr., 69, 201 Fourth St. S.E., died early today in St. Gabriel's hospital. A lifelong resident of Little Falls, he had been employed by the Ford agency for the past 23 years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Georgianna St. Martin, three sons and two daughters; Thomas, and Mrs. Claude Morris (Joan), Minneapolis; Warren, Jr., Gary and Mrs. C.H. Rausch (Patricia), Little Falls. A brother Harker, lives in Pittsburgh, Pa., and there are two sisters, Bertha Gordon, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mercy Gordon, St. Paul. There are ten grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's church, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. T Leo Keaveny officiating. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. Friends may call in the Simonet Funeral home, visitation to start Tuesday afternoon. The rosary will be prayed there at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Funeral

24 Sep 195969His funeral was held on 24 Sep 1959 in Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG. His grandson, Warren M. (Sandy) Gordon, served as an altar boy at his funeral.
Burial

24 Sep 195969He was buried on 24 Sep 1959 in Calvary Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

Find A Grave Memorial Link.5

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19002 Jun 19009Warren was enumerated as the son of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1900 United States Census residing at 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Warren was 9 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, James Harker Gordon, Bertha Nancy Gordon, and Mercy Whipple Gordon.6
Census191020 Apr 191019Warren was enumerated as the son of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1910 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Warren was 19 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, James Harker Gordon, Bertha Nancy Gordon, and Mercy Whipple Gordon.7
Census192013 Jan 192029Warren was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1920 United States Census residing at 114 3rd Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Warren was 29 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin, Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr, and Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr.8
Census19307 Apr 193039Warren was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1930 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Warren was 39 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin, Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr, Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr, JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon, and Patricia Mary Gordon.9
Census194010 Apr 194049Warren was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1940 United States Census residing at 305 3rd Street NE in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Warren was 49 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin, Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr, JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon, and Patricia Mary Gordon.10
Residence1948~58Warren lived in 116 1/2 1st Street SE, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG, in 1948.

Georgianna St. Martin also lived in the same household.

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
1920Auto salesman for Gordon Motor Car Company at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+8
1930Automobile salesman at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+9
Ca. 1936Parts manager for the Ford dealership at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+4
10 Apr 1940Auto salesman at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+10

Children with: Georgianna St. Martin (1889 - 1992)

SonThomas Campbell Gordon Sr (1916 - 1998)
SonWarren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr (1919 - 1980)
DaughterRochelle Mary Gordon (1921 - 1921)
DaughterJoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon (1926 - 1999)
DaughterPatricia Mary Gordon (1929 - )

Citations

  1. [S97] Birth Registrations entry, Births, Book B, Page 6, Line 189, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  2. [S233] Military Records, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918., 4,582 Microfilm Rolls (Washington D.C: National Archives and Records). Hereinafter cited as World War I Draft Registration Cards, (1917-1918).
  3. [S218] Ancestry.com - Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002), online www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002).
  4. [S64] Warren M. Gordon Sr. Obituary, Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, Minnesota, September 21, 1959. Hereinafter cited as Little Falls Transcript.
  5. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 138417285. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1900 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1910 US Census.
  8. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1920 US Census.
  9. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  10. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

James Harker Gordon

Person ID #4, (1892 - 1972)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Granduncle of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherThomas Campbell Gordon (1866 - 1923)
MotherMary Alice (May) Stillwell (1864 - 1940)
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James Harker Gordon, WW II draft registration, 1942
James Harker Gordon wedding, 1920
Harker Gordon military induction, 1918
James Harker Gordon wedding, 1920

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

1 Mar 18920James Harker Gordon was born on 1 Mar 1892 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.1,2
Note

1909~17According to an article in the Little Falls Herald on April 30, 1909, Harker Gordon was the President of the Sophmore class at the Little Falls High School.
Note

8 Jul 191018Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, Minnesota
July 8, 1910

"Come and Gone" section

Harker Gordon, who is employed at Livingston, Mont., came down last Friday for a visit here and at Sauk Centre.

Note

26 Feb 191522Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, Minnesota
February 26, 1915

"Come and Gone" section

Edward Fearing and Harker Gordon, who attend the state university at Minneapolis, were home over Sunday.

Note

21 May 191523Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, Minnesota
May 21, 1915

Harker Gordon in Baseball

Harker Gordon of this city, who attends the state university, is another Little Falls boy whose ability as a baseball player is becoming well known. In a game with the Zeta Psi's against the Phi Delts of the university one day last week, Harker was on the mound and allowed but three hits in the game. In a writeup of the game in the Minneapolis Daily, published by the students of the university, he was highly praised for his work.

Note

7 Jul 191624Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, Minnesota
July 7, 1916

"Come and Gone" section

Harker Gordon is home from Pittsburgh for a weeks' visit. He is taking a course in electrical work at the Westinghouse plant at Pittsburgh.
Milit-WWI

5 Jun 191725He registered for World War I military service on 5 Jun 1917 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.2
Mltinducti

9 Apr 191826He was inducted into the military on 9 Apr 1918. His World War I military service ended on August 4, 1919. He was a Private First Class in the US Army.3,4
Note

8 Aug 191927Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, Minnesota
August 8, 1919

"Come and Gone" section

Harker Gordon arrived home from Camp Grant, where he received his discharge from military service. Harker spent eight months in France as a member of a mechanical repair unit in the aviation section.

Marriage

Bertha P. Fritz
14 Sep 192028James Harker Gordon married Bertha P. Fritz, daughter of Milton Frederick Fritz and Bertha (Birdie) Ella Green, on 14 Sep 1920 in Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States.
Note

4 Mar 192129Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, Minnesota
March 4, 1921

Mr. and Mrs. Harker Gordon, who have been living with Mr. Gordon's parents since their marriage, have moved to a flat in the A.E. Joslin residence, 211 Third Street northeast.

Note

28 Oct 192129Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, Minnesota
October 28, 1921

Harker Gordon, whose eyes were badly burned by sulphuric acid at the Gordon garage recently, as a result of an explosion in a battery, is now able to be out and has the use of his eyes.

Note

12 May 192230Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, Minnesota
May 12, 1922

Harker Gordon of the Gordon Motor Company was haled before Judge Randall yesterday afternoon, charged with driving a car on which the 1922 license had not been paid and which car no 1922 license plate was displayed. He pleaded guilty and was fined $10 and costs. The complaint was made by the local autombile tax inspector.

Milit-WWII

27 Apr 194250James Harker Gordon registered for World War II military service on 27 Apr 1942 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United StatesG. He was listed as 5'11" and 190 pounds, brown eyes, gray hair and light brown complexion. The registration card was marked that he was 'Negro', which he wasn't.5
Death

15 Mar 197280James died on 15 Mar 1972 in Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United StatesG, at age 80.3
Burial

Mar 197280He was buried in Mar 1972 in Allegheny County Memorial Park at Allison Park, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.3
Biography

James Harker Gordon graduated from the Little Falls High School. He attended the University of Minnesota, graduated from Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

During World War I he was overseas about nine months. He returned to Little Falls where he was employed at the Gordon Motor Company and later was employed in the advertising department of the Westinghouse Company in Pennsylvania.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19002 Jun 19008James was enumerated as the son of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1900 United States Census residing at 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. James was 8 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, Bertha Nancy Gordon, and Mercy Whipple Gordon.6
Census191020 Apr 191018James was enumerated as the son of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1910 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. James was 18 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, Bertha Nancy Gordon, and Mercy Whipple Gordon.7
Census192012 Jan 192027James was enumerated as the son of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1920 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. James was 27 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell.8
Census193017 Apr 193038James was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1930 United States Census residing at 1457 Foliage Street in Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. James was 38 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Bertha P. Fritz and James Harker Gordon Jr.9
Census194013 May 194048James was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1940 United States Census residing at 1457 Foliage Street in Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. James was 48 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Bertha P. Fritz.10
Residence1942~50James lived in 1457 Foliage Street, Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United StatesG, in 1942.
.
5

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
1920Owner and auto salesman for the Gordon Motor Company at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+8
1930Clerk at Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United StatesG9
1940Advertising for a manufacturing company at Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United StatesG10
1942Employee of Westinghouse Electric at East Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United StatesG5

Children with: Bertha P. Fritz (1895 - 1982)

SonJames Harker Gordon Jr (1922 - 1937)

Citations

  1. [S97] Birth Registrations entry, Births, Book B, Page 43, Line 20, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  2. [S233] Military Records, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918., 4,582 Microfilm Rolls (Washington D.C: National Archives and Records). Hereinafter cited as World War I Draft Registration Cards, (1917-1918).
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1900 US Census.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1910 US Census.
  8. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1920 US Census.
  9. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  10. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

Bertha Nancy Gordon

Person ID #5, (1893 - 1987)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Grandaunt of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherThomas Campbell Gordon (1866 - 1923)
MotherMary Alice (May) Stillwell (1864 - 1940)
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Bertha Nancy Gordon, death certificate, 1987
Bertha Gordon (1893-1987)
Bertha and Mercy Gordon - Christmas 1966

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

19 Nov 18930Bertha Nancy Gordon was born on 19 Nov 1893 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.1
Psgr List

27 Oct 192733She was found on a passenger list on 27 Oct 1927 in Québec City, Québec, CanadaG. She arrived from Cherbourg, France on the ship Montroyal.
Death

12 Jan 198793Bertha died on 12 Jan 1987 in Hopkins Health Care, Hopkins, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 93.2,3
Cause of Death

12 Jan 198793She died of arteriosclerotic heart disease.3
Burial

Jan 198793She was buried in Jan 1987 in Oakland Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

Find A Grave Memorial Link.4
Note

Bertha never married.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19002 Jun 19006Bertha was enumerated as the daughter of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1900 United States Census residing at 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Bertha was 6 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, James Harker Gordon, and Mercy Whipple Gordon.5
Census191020 Apr 191016Bertha was enumerated as the daughter of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1910 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Bertha was 16 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, James Harker Gordon, and Mercy Whipple Gordon.6
Census193010 Apr 193036Bertha was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1930 United States Census residing at Childrens Hospital in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota. Bertha was 36 years old. She was listed as a boarder at the hospital.7
Residence1942~49Bertha lived in 1457 Foliage Street, Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United StatesG, in 1942.
.
8

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
1930Supervisor of nurses for Childrens Hospital at Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United StatesG7
1950Registered nurse at Dunham Hospital, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United StatesG

Citations

  1. [S97] Birth Registrations entry, Births, Book B, Page 59, Line 117, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  2. [S218] Ancestry.com - Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002), online www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002).
  3. [S150] Bertha N. Gordon, Death Certificate No. 2287000805 (January 26, 1987), unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as Bertha N. Gordon Death Certificate.
  4. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 138473550. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1900 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1910 US Census.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  8. [S237] Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (James Harker Gordon).

Mercy Whipple Gordon

Person ID #6, (1895 - 1987)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Grandaunt of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherThomas Campbell Gordon (1866 - 1923)
MotherMary Alice (May) Stillwell (1864 - 1940)
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Mercy Whipple Gordon, death certificate, 1987
Bertha and Mercy Gordon - Christmas 1966

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

20 Oct 18950Mercy Whipple Gordon was born on 20 Oct 1895 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.1
Death

17 Sep 198791Mercy died on 17 Sep 1987 in Hopkins Health Care, Hopkins, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 91.2,3
Burial

Sep 198791She was buried in Sep 1987 in Oakland Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

Find A Grave Memorial Link.4
Note

She never married.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19002 Jun 19004Mercy was enumerated as the daughter of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1900 United States Census residing at 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Mercy was 4 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, James Harker Gordon, and Bertha Nancy Gordon.5
Census191020 Apr 191014Mercy was enumerated as the daughter of Thomas Campbell Gordon on the 1910 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Mercy was 14 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, James Harker Gordon, and Bertha Nancy Gordon.6
Census193010 Apr 193034Mercy was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1930 United States Census residing at Childrens Hospital in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota. Mercy was 34 years old. She was listed as a boarder at the hospital.7
Census19408 Apr 194044Mercy was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1940 United States Census residing at Childrens Hospital in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota. Mercy was 44 years old.8

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
1930Registered nurse at Childrens Hospital at Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United StatesG7
1940Registered nurse and supervisor at Childrens Hospital, Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United StatesG8
Ca. 1950Registered nurse at Wilder Day Care, Hopkins, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG

Citations

  1. [S97] Birth Registrations entry, Births, Book B, Page 84, LIne 112, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  2. [S218] Ancestry.com - Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002), online www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002).
  3. [S149] Mercy W. Gordon, Death Certificate No. 2287023321 (October 1, 1987), unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as Mercy W. Gordon Death Certificate.
  4. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 138473572. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1900 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1910 US Census.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  8. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin

Person ID #7, (1856 - 1907)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Great-grandfather of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherFrançois Xavier St. Martin (1822 - )
MotherJulie Latraverse (1826 - )
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Antoine St. Martin, death certificate, 1907
Anthony St Martin (1856-1907)
Children of Anthony St Martin and Rachel Richard - Marguerite, Georgianna, Rosa Belle, Marie, Eleanor
Anthony St. Martin Death, Little Falls Transcript, 1907
Antoine St. Martin obituary, 1907

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

1856~0Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin was born in 1856 at Parish of St.-Frédéric in Drummondville, Drummond, Québec, CanadaG.
Christening

3 Mar 1856~0He was christened on 3 Mar 1856 in Parish of St.-Frédéric, Drummondville, Drummond, Québec, CanadaG.1
Immigration

Ca. 1877He immigrated to America ca. 1877.
Marriage

Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard
Ca. 1880Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin married Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard, daughter of François Xavier Richard and Philomene Leonore Poutré, ca. 1880.
Death

25 Dec 1907~51Antoine died on 25 Dec 1907 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+, at age ~51.2
Cause of Death

25 Dec 1907~51He died of heart failure due to intestinal troubles however there was a rumor "that he had been robbed and slugged and doped."2
Obituary

26 Dec 1907~51Obituary of Antoine St. Martin
Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, MN, December 26, 1907


Dies of Heart Failure

Antoine St. Martin, a well known barber of this city, died from heart failure due to intestinal troubles between 2 and 3 a.m. Christmas.

The deceased was born in Canada 51 years ago. When a boy he moved to Fall River, Mass. but later moved to Minneapolis and lived there until three years ago when he came to Little Falls. Since that time he has been engaged in the barber business.

The deceased leaves five daughters and two brothers to mourn his loss. His daughters are Mrs. Carl Richardson of San Diego, Cal., Eleanor, Belle, Georgia, and Margaret of this city; his brothers, Joseph and Frank of Fall River.

The funeral was held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday from the house.

Burial

26 Dec 1907~51He was buried on 26 Dec 1907 in Calvary Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.3
Biography

26 Dec 1907~51Antoine St. Martin
Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, MN, Thursday, December 26, 1907

There were some very bad rumors afloat on Christmas day about the un-fortunate death of A. St. Martin, the barber. It was represented that he had been robbed and slugged and doped. There seems to be no truth to the rumors. He left his shop just before midnight and remarked to a friend that he was going home, and that one Christmas season would pass without his taking a drink of liquor. He started home alone, and was next heard of in one of Second street saloons. He obtained liquor there, but it is claimed not directly from the dealer, that being denied him. The liquor affected him quite promptly, as it usually did during the somewhat distant past when he yielded to the habit. He displayed some money, $50 or $70, and friends took it to care for it, and the man was taken home, where he soon died.

His relatives and friends had used every effort in the past to stop his drinking, as it always had a most serious effect on him. Those who knew him best were most helpful of late that he had finally conquered the habit.

He had the greatest affection for his four daughters and they loved their father dearly. These associations were surely the most powerful influences that had apparently almost saved him to a happy and useful life. Some of the daughters were able to be of assistance in supporting the family by teaching and working, but the younger ones were still in school and dependent.

It is cruel to say so, but a legal lid would have been an assurance of one more happy home in Little Falls on the merry Christmas day.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
1861 Canada Census14 Jan 1861~5Antoine was enumerated as the son of François Xavier St. Martin on the 1861 Canada Census residing at Parish of St-Germain in Grantham, Drummond, Québec. Antoine was ~5 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Julie Latraverse, François (Francis or Frank) St. Martin, and Joseph St. Martin.
Census188010 Jun 1880~24Antoine was enumerated as the son of François Xavier St. Martin on the 1880 United States Census in Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts. Antoine was ~24 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Julie Latraverse, Joseph St. Martin, François (Francis or Frank) St. Martin, Adelia (Denice) Bedard, Anthony St. Martin, Francois (Francis) Xavier St. Martin, Clara St. Martin, and Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard.4
CensusMN17 Jun 1895~39Antoine was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1895 Minnesota Census residing at 601 Central Avenue in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Antoine was ~39 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard, Eleanor St. Martin, Marie F. St. Martin, Rosa Belle St. Martin, Georgianna St. Martin, and Marguerite Valintine St. Martin.5
Census190011 Jun 1900~44Antoine was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1900 United States Census in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Antoine was ~44 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard, Eleanor St. Martin, Marie F. St. Martin, Rosa Belle St. Martin, Georgianna St. Martin, and Marguerite Valintine St. Martin.6

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
30 Jul 1870Worker in cotton mill at Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United StatesG7
1895Barber at Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG5
1900Barber at Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG6
Ca. 1904Barber at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+3

Children with: Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard (1860 - 1903)

DaughterEleanor St. Martin (1881 - 1949)
DaughterMarie F. St. Martin (1882 - 1927)
DaughterRosa Belle St. Martin (1887 - 1929)
DaughterGeorgianna St. Martin (1889 - 1992)
DaughterMarguerite Valintine St. Martin (1894 - 1950)

Citations

  1. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  2. [S135] Antoine St. Martin, Death Certificate unknown number (December 31, 1907), unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as Antoine St. Martin Death Certificate.
  3. [S51] Antoine St. Martin Obituary, Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, Minnesota, 26 December 1907. Hereinafter cited as Little Falls Transcript.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1880 US Census.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1895 Minnesota State Census.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1900 US Census.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1870 US Census.

Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard

Person ID #8, (1860 - 1903)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Great-grandmother of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherFrançois Xavier Richard (1836 - 1922)
MotherPhilomene Leonore Poutré (1839 - 1925)
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Rochelle (Rachel) Richard (1860-1903)

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

5 May 18600Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard was born on 5 May 1860 at St-Jean-l'Évangéliste Parish in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Montérégie, Québec, CanadaG.
Christening

6 May 18600She was christened on 6 May 1860 in St-Jean-l'Évangéliste Church, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Montérégie, Québec, CanadaG.
Marriage

Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin
Ca. 1880Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard married Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin, son of François Xavier St. Martin and Julie Latraverse, ca. 1880.
Death

29 Sep 190343Emilie died on 29 Sep 1903 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 43.
Cause of Death

29 Sep 190343She died of consumption.
Obituary

1 Oct 190343Obituary of Rachel Richard
     Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, MN, October 1, 1903

     The funeral of Mrs. Rachel St. Martin, daughter of Mrs. Philomen Richard of this city, was held from Notre Dame de Lourdes church, Minneapolis, Thursday morning at 9 o'clock.

According to her daughter, Georgianna in 1988:
     When Rachel died of consumption, their grandmother Philomene Richard had the girls move to Little Falls because she didn't want them to live with their father. They moved to a house across the street from the Richards and the oldest sister, Eleanor, took responsibility for raising the girls. It was hard on Eleanor and she only married herself for a short time.
     Their father, Anthony St. Martin, said "They aren't going to take his daughters away from him."; so he moved to Little Falls and set up a barber shop. He later died there in 1907.

Burial

1 Oct 190343She was buried on 1 Oct 1903 in Saint Mary's Cemetery at Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
1871 Canada Census2 Apr 187110Emilie was enumerated as the daughter of François Xavier Richard on the 1871 Canada Census residing at St-Jean-l'Évangéliste Parish in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Montérégie, Québec. Emilie was 10 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Philomene Leonore Poutré, Godfrey Richard, Francois (Frank) Richard, Joseph Romuald (Ramey) Richard, Marie Rosalie Julia Richard, and Gilbert Theodore Richard.1
Census188010 Jun 188020Emilie was enumerated as the daughter-in-law of François Xavier St. Martin on the 1880 United States Census in Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts. Emilie was 20 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Julie Latraverse, Joseph St. Martin, François (Francis or Frank) St. Martin, Adelia (Denice) Bedard, Anthony St. Martin, Francois (Francis) Xavier St. Martin, Clara St. Martin, and Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin.2
CensusMN2 May 188524Emilie was enumerated as the daughter of François Xavier Richard on the 1885 Minnesota Census in Belle Prairie Township, Morrison, Minnesota. Emilie was 24 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Philomene Leonore Poutré, Godfrey Richard, Francois (Frank) Richard, Joseph Romuald (Ramey) Richard, Marie Rosalie Julia Richard, Gilbert Theodore Richard, Julian Dominick Richard, and Eleanore Mathilda Richard.
CensusMN17 Jun 189535Emilie was enumerated as the wife of Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin on the 1895 Minnesota Census residing at 601 Central Avenue in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Emilie was 35 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Eleanor St. Martin, Marie F. St. Martin, Rosa Belle St. Martin, Georgianna St. Martin, and Marguerite Valintine St. Martin.3
Census190011 Jun 190040Emilie was enumerated as the wife of Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin on the 1900 United States Census in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Emilie was 40 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Eleanor St. Martin, Marie F. St. Martin, Rosa Belle St. Martin, Georgianna St. Martin, and Marguerite Valintine St. Martin.4

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
1895Dressmaker at Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG3
1900Dressmaker at Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG4

Children with: Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin (1856 - 1907)

DaughterEleanor St. Martin (1881 - 1949)
DaughterMarie F. St. Martin (1882 - 1927)
DaughterRosa Belle St. Martin (1887 - 1929)
DaughterGeorgianna St. Martin (1889 - 1992)
DaughterMarguerite Valintine St. Martin (1894 - 1950)

Citations

  1. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1871 Canada Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  2. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1880 US Census.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1895 Minnesota State Census.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1900 US Census.

Georgianna St. Martin

Person ID #9, (1889 - 1992)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Grandmother of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

Included in the following Charts:Box Pedigree of Warren M Gordon Jr.
Descendants of Jean Richard
Descendants of Pierre Poutre
Indented Pedigree of Warren M Gordon Jr

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Georgianna St. Martin, funeral card, 1992
Angela Weibeler Durrenberger and Georgiana St. Martin Gordon at the wedding of Warren Gordon Jr. and Patricia Durrenberger
Georgianna St. Martin - ca 1907
Georgianna St. Martin - 100th Birthday
Georgiana St. Martin Gordon car accident, 1917
Georgiana St. Martin Gordon accident, 1915
Georgiana St. Martin Gordon car accident, 1917
Warren M Gordon Sr. wedding, 1914
Warren M Gordon Sr and Georgianna St. Martin wedding - 1914

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

14 Aug 18890Georgianna St. Martin was born on 14 Aug 1889 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Baptism

1889~0She was baptized in 1889 in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Marriage

Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr
22 Oct 191425Georgianna St. Martin married Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, son of Thomas Campbell Gordon and Mary Alice (May) Stillwell, on 22 Oct 1914 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States.
Death

4 Nov 1992103Georgianna died on 4 Nov 1992 in 1503 Riverview Drive, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 103.1,2
Cause of Death

4 Nov 1992103She died of old age.3
Obituary

8 Nov 1992103Obituary of Georgianna St. Martin
     Morrison County Record, Little Falls, MN, November 8, 1992

     Georgianna Gordon

     Georgianna Gordon, age 103, died November 4, 1992 at her home in Little Falls.
     Funeral services wil be held November 9 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Roger Thoennes officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Little Falls.
     Georgianna Gordon was born August 14, 1889 in Fall Rivers, MA. (ed. not correct, she was born in Minneapolis,MN) to the late Anthony and Rochelle (Richard) St. Martin. At a young age, she moved with her family to Minneapolis, attended school there, later moving to Little Falls where she graduated from high school. After high school, she moved back to Minneapolis and worked as a telephone operator. She was united in marriage on August 14, 1913 to Warren M. Gordon, Sr. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After their marriage, the couple moved to Little Falls where they owned and operated Gordon Motor Company. After her husbands death on September 21, 1959, she moved to her daughter's home where she resided until her death. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, Christian Mothers and a former member of the Child Interest Club.
     Survivors include a son and daughters, Thomas C. Gordon of Edina, Patricia Gordon Rausch and Joan Gordon Morris, both of Little Falls, eleven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sons: Warren M. "Buzz" Gordon, Jr., daughter, Rochelle Gordon and sisters Eleanor St. Martin, Marie Richardson, Marguerite Barber and Bell St. Martin.
     Pallbearers will be Patrick J. Morris, Robert Barber, Thomas C. Gordon II, Warren M. Gordon III, Roy DeRosier and Steven R. Setzler.

Burial

9 Nov 1992103She was buried on 9 Nov 1992 in Calvary Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

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Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
CensusMN17 Jun 18955Georgianna was enumerated as the daughter of Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin on the 1895 Minnesota Census residing at 601 Central Avenue in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Georgianna was 5 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard, Eleanor St. Martin, Marie F. St. Martin, Rosa Belle St. Martin, and Marguerite Valintine St. Martin.5
Census190011 Jun 190010Georgianna was enumerated as the daughter of Antoine (Anthony) St. Martin on the 1900 United States Census in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Georgianna was 10 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Emilie Philomene Rachel (Rachel) Richard, Eleanor St. Martin, Marie F. St. Martin, Rosa Belle St. Martin, and Marguerite Valintine St. Martin.6
Census191026 Apr 191020Georgianna was enumerated as the niece of Francois (Frank) Richard on the 1910 United States Census residing at 516 4th Street NE in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Georgianna was 20 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Marie Rose Anna Vallad, Louis Frank Richard, Ovilla J. Richard, and Hazel R. "Eva Rose" Richard.7
Census192013 Jan 192030Georgianna was enumerated as the wife of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1920 United States Census residing at 114 3rd Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Georgianna was 30 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr and Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr.8
Census19307 Apr 193040Georgianna was enumerated as the wife of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1930 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Georgianna was 40 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr, Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr, JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon, and Patricia Mary Gordon.9
Census194010 Apr 194050Georgianna was enumerated as the wife of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1940 United States Census residing at 305 3rd Street NE in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Georgianna was 50 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr, JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon, and Patricia Mary Gordon.10
Residence1948~59Georgianna, the wife of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr, lived in 116 1/2 1st Street SE, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG, in 1948.
.

Children with: Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr (1890 - 1959)

SonThomas Campbell Gordon Sr (1916 - 1998)
SonWarren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr (1919 - 1980)
DaughterRochelle Mary Gordon (1921 - 1921)
DaughterJoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon (1926 - 1999)
DaughterPatricia Mary Gordon (1929 - )

Citations

  1. [S21] Georgianna St. Martin Obituary, Morrison County Record, Little Falls, Minnesota, 8 November 1992, 2nd section, page 9, column 3. Hereinafter cited as Morrison County Record.
  2. [S218] Ancestry.com - Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002), online www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002).
  3. [S21] Morrison County Record, 8 November 1992.
  4. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 138417306. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1895 Minnesota State Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1900 US Census.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1910 US Census.
  8. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1920 US Census.
  9. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  10. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr

Person ID #10, (1916 - 1998)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Uncle of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherWarren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr (1890 - 1959)
MotherGeorgianna St. Martin (1889 - 1992)
Included in the following Charts:Descendants of Abraham Warren
Descendants of David James McNay
Descendants of Jean Richard
Descendants of Pierre Poutre
Descendants of Samuel Gordon
Gordon Descendants for Six Generations

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Warren McKean Gordon Sr. (1890-1959) and son Thomas Campbell Gordon (1916-1998)
Patricia and Thomas C. Gordon Sr. at her wedding to Robert Schroeder - 3 Jan 1997 - Little Falls, Minnesota

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

3 May 19160Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr was born on 3 May 1916 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.1
Baptism

25 Jun 19160He was baptized on 25 Jun 1916 in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.
Marriage

Margaret Bock Ahrne
30 Oct 193822Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr married Margaret Bock Ahrne, daughter of Hilding N. Ahrne and Esther Christine Bock, on 30 Oct 1938 in Northwood, Worth, Iowa, United States.2
Death

18 Jul 199882Thomas died on 18 Jul 1998 in Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 82.3
Funeral

22 Jul 199882His funeral was held on 22 Jul 1998 in Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Edina, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Burial

22 Jul 199882He was buried on 22 Jul 1998 in Calvary Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

Find A Grave Memorial Link.4

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census192013 Jan 19203Thomas was enumerated as the son of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1920 United States Census residing at 114 3rd Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Thomas was 3 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin and Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr.5
Census19307 Apr 193013Thomas was enumerated as the son of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1930 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Thomas was 13 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin, Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr, JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon, and Patricia Mary Gordon.6
Census194020 Apr 194023Thomas was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1940 United States Census residing at 307 West 15th Street in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Thomas was 23 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Margaret Bock Ahrne, Thomas Campbell Gordon Jr, and Esther Christine Bock.7
Census1945~29Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr was enumerated on the census of 1945 in Aberdeen, Brown, South Dakota, United StatesG.8

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
1938Drug clerk at Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG2
1940Book binder for the city legal library at Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG7
1960Salesman at Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG

Children with: Margaret Bock Ahrne (1917 - 2001)

SonThomas Campbell Gordon Jr (1939 - )

Citations

  1. [S97] Birth Registrations entry, Births, Book D, Page 224, Line 52, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  2. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  3. [S218] Ancestry.com - Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002), online www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002).
  4. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 109706832. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1920 US Census.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.
  8. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1945 South Dakota State Census.

Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr

Person ID #11, (1919 - 1980)
Last Edited25 Feb 2018
Father of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherWarren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr (1890 - 1959)
MotherGeorgianna St. Martin (1889 - 1992)
Included in the following Charts:Box Pedigree of Warren M Gordon Jr.
Common Ancestor - Several descendants of David James McNay
Descendants of Abraham Warren
Descendants of David James McNay
Descendants of Jean Richard
Descendants of Pierre Poutre
Descendants of Samuel Gordon
Gordon Descendants for Six Generations
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Warren M. Gordon Jr., death certificate, 1980
Warren M. Gordon Jr., military record and discharge, 1945
Travels of Warren M Gordon Jr. during World War II
Gordon Family Home - For Sale in 1978 - 114 8th Street SE, Little Falls, Minnesota
Buzz Gordon at Parker Scout Reservation
Warren Gordon - Natl Guard Uni
Warren M. Gordon Jr. High School photograph - about 1937
Warren M. and Patricia Gordon and children Sandy and Suzanne Gordon - ca 1951
"Buzz" Gordon and friends during World War II
Patricia (Durrenberger) Gordon and Warren M Gordon Jr., Little Falls, Minnesota - ca 1979
Warren M. Gordon Sr. and Jr., at the 1946 wedding of Warren Gordon Jr. and Patricia Durrenberger
Warren M. Gordon and Patricia Durrenberger at their wedding at the Little Falls Country Club -1946
Warren M Gordon Jr ca 1920
Warren M Gordon Jr as child
Warren M. Gordon Jr. obituary, 1980
Warren M Gordon, Rome, Italy, 1944
Warren M Gordon Jr. and Patricia Durrenberger wedding, 1946
Warren M Gordon Jr. and Patricia Durrenberger wedding, 1946

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

1 Jul 19190Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr was born on 1 Jul 1919 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+. According to an entry in his Baby Book, Warren weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces and he was born at 8:15 AM. He had brown hair and blue eyes. The doctor who delivered him was Dr. E.L. Fortier and the nurse was Miss Kohler.
Note

4 Jul 19190Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, Minnesota
July 4, 1919
"Born" section

GORDON - To Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Gordon, Tuesday, July 1, a son.

Baptism

3 Aug 19190He was baptized on 3 Aug 1919 in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+. He was baptised by Father Pellitt. His godparents were Mrs. C.P. Richardson (Marie St. Martin) and Mr. George Moeglein Jr.
Graduation

2 Jun 193919He graduated from Little Falls High School in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+, on 2 Jun 1939.
Mltinducti

10 Feb 194121He was inducted into the military on 10 Feb 1941 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+. At the time of his enlistment, Warren was listed with a height of 68 inches and a weight of 152 pounds. He enlisted in the Quartermaster Corps at the rank of Corporal from the National Guard. His civilian occupation was listed as a forging press operator. He was single without dependants. He trained at Camp Claiborne, LA during 1941.


His troop carrier, the USS Chateau Thierry, sailed on 15 January 1942 from Brooklyn, NY to Dublin, Ireland where he arrived on 27 January 1942.


On December 24, 1942 he and his military unit boarded the S.S. Orontes in Liverpool, England for their trip to North Africa. This ship was converted from a passenger ship to a troop carrier during World War II. After the war it returned to passenger service.


After the war, he returned to the United States from Pisa, Italy on 6 June 1945 and arrived in Miami on 17 June 1945.


He was dischaged from active duty on July 31, 1945 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.
Marriage

Patricia Mary Durrenberger
14 Aug 194627Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr married Patricia Mary Durrenberger, daughter of John George Durrenberger and Mary Angela Weibeler, on 14 Aug 1946 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United States. Warren's brother, Thomas Gordon, was the best man and his sister, Joan Gordon, was the bridesmaid. They held their wedding reception at the Little Falls Country Club.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, MN
Warren M Gordon Jr. and Patricia Durrenberger wedding, 1946
Death

27 Mar 198060Warren died on 27 Mar 1980 in 6505 Portland Avenue S., home of his nephew Michael Morris, Richfield, Hennepin, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 60.1,2
Cause of Death

27 Mar 198060He died of subarachnoid hemorrhage and marked malnutrition due to dumping syndrome.2
Obituary

28 Mar 198060Obituary of Warren M. Gordon Jr.
Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, MN, March 28, 1980

WARREN M. "BUZZ" GORDON

Warren M. "Buzz" Gordon, 60, of 615 N.E. 11th St., Little Falls, died Thursday evening in Minneapolis. Funeral services will be Monday at 1 P.M. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Little Falls. The services will be concelebrated. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation in the Simonet Funeral Home in Little Falls will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday and also on Monday prior to services. The parish Prayer Service will be recited at 8 p.m. and the Christian Mother Prayer Service will be at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Gordon was born July 1, 1919 in Little Falls, sons of Warren M. and Georgiana Gordon Sr. He lived in Little Falls all of his life. He was a retired chief stock controller at Camp Ripley. He married Patricia Durenberger August 14, 1946 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Little Falls.

Mr. Gordon was a World War II and Korean Veteran, a member of the executive board of Boy Scouts of America, and past president of Community Corrections. He was a member of Exchange Club, and a member of the Board of Housing and Urban Development. He was a past member of Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, and an usher and lector at St. Mary's Church.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia, sons Warren III (Sandy) of Anchorage, James of Tampa; daughters Suzanne McCollough, Tampa, Mrs. Steve (Nancy) Grams, Grand Island, Neb.; brother Thomas C., Bedford, N.H., sisters Joan Morris, Ceour-D-Alene, Idaho, Patricia Rausch, Little Falls, and mother Mrs. W.M. Georgiana Gordon of Little Falls. He is also survived by three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Rochelle.3
Funeral

31 Mar 198060His funeral was held on 31 Mar 1980 in Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Burial

31 Mar 198060He was buried on 31 Mar 1980 in Calvary Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

Find A Grave Memorial Link.4
Biography

Warren McKean "Buzz" Gordon Jr. was born July 1, 1919 in Little Falls, Morrison Co, Minnesota. He was the second of five children of Warren McKean Gordon Sr. and Georgiana St. Martin.

As a child, approximately 1930, the family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where he attended Creighton High School for a short time. The family returned to Little Falls where Buzz attended Little Falls High School where he graduated in 1939.

After high school he joined the Minnesota National Guard and served his basic training at Camp Claiborne, LA. He was assigned to active duty at the start of World War II, 1942 and served in the European campaign. He served with the 5th Army in North Africa, Italy, and trained in Ireland and England. He received a Purple Heart for wounds received in Italy.

An article in the Little Falls newspaper read:

Sgt Warren Gordon Gets Purple Heart

Wounded in action in Italy January 3, Sgt Warren (Buzz) Gordon, son of Mr. And Mrs. W.M. Gordon, has received the Purple Heart award.

Warren received leg wounds when his outfit was bombed by about 25 German airmen. At the same time he was injured, one of his close friends, who was standing next to him was killed. It was the same bombing in which Sgt. John Patyk and Ronald DelaHunt were injured.

Buzz was released from active duty in 1945 and he returned to Little Falls. In the fall of 1945 he moved to Chicago to attend Northern Illinois College of Ophthalmology in order to pursue a career in that field. For personal reasons he dropped out of school and returned to Little Falls, Minnesota to live. It was there that he met his future wife, Patricia Mary Durrenberger, originally from Perham, Minnesota. They were married at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Little Falls in August 14, 1946 and celebrated their wedding reception at the Little Falls Country Club. Buzz and Pat had four children, all born in Little Falls. They were Warren McKean Patrick "Sandy" Gordon III (June 17, 1947), Suzanne Marie Gordon (January 10, 1950), Nancy Ann Gordon (August 20, 1954), and James Patrick Gordon (December 8, 1956).

In 1947 Buzz accepted civilian employment as a warehouse supervisor with the Minnesota National Guard at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, just 7 miles north of Little Falls. At the same time, he opened a tavern called the 34th Club on Highway 371 just north of Little Falls. He was a partner in this venture with Bill "Sonny" Arndt. They operated the tavern for about 18 months until it went out of business.

In late 1950 he was called back to active duty because of the Korean Conflict. He was assigned to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin where he served for several months years until being discharged for his recurring medical problems. During his absence, Patricia and children, Sandy and Suzanne lived in an apartment above the American Legion club near the Northeast corner of First Street and Broadway in Little Falls. In June 1951 the family moved to a small, two-story, 3 bedroom home at 114 8th Street SE where they lived for approximately 25 years and raised a family of four children.

During the late 1950's and 1960's, Buzz became involved as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. In appreciation for his outstanding efforts, he received many awards including the Silver Beaver Award. In addition, he served as the President of the Central Minnesota Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

In 1973 Buzz received a disability retirement from his position as Chief Stock Controller at Camp Ripley due to his recurring stomach problems related to his service during World War II. In 1978, Buzz and Pat sold their family home and moved to an apartment about a mile from their former home. This is where they lived until his untimely passing in 1980.

At the age of 60, Warren died in his sleep on March 27, 1980 at the home of his nephew, Michael Morris, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He had traveled to Minneapolis to attend a doctor's appointment and was staying with his nephew for the evening. The cause of his death was listed on his death certificate as a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Among other accomplishments, his obituary in the Little Falls newspaper said "Mr. Gordon was a World War II and Korean Veteran, a member of the executive board of Boy Scouts of America, and past president of Community Corrections. He was a member of Exchange Club, and a member of the Board of Housing and Urban Development. He was a past member of Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, and an usher and lector at St. Mary's Church".

He was buried on March 31, 1980 at Calvary Cemetery in Little Falls with funeral services at the St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Note

During Warren's adult life he was active in many civic organizations. He was:

1. Member of the Knights of Columbus from 1946 to 1950
2. Member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce from 1951-1953
3. Member of the Saint Mary's School Parent Teachers Association from 1953 to 1965
4. Member of the Entertainment Committee for the Little Falls Junior High School PTA from 1961-1962
5. Member of the American Legion from 1945 to 1980 and was the Finance Officer for two of the years
6. Boy Scouts of America activities:
a. Chairman of Troop 88 Committee 1948-1958
b. District Finance Officer for the Central Minnesota Council from 1958
c. Chairman of the Annual Drive for funds in the city of Little Falls for three years
d. Named Scouter of the Year by the President of the Central Minnesota Council of Boy Scouts in 1960
e. Vice President of the Central Minnesota Council of BSA from Non 1963-65
f. Awarded the Silver Beaver Award from the Cental Minnesota Council in 1964
g. Council Finance Chairman 1963-1965
h. President of the Central Minnesota Council of the Boy Scouts of America in November 1965.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census192013 Jan 19200Warren was enumerated as the son of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1920 United States Census residing at 114 3rd Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Warren was 0 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin and Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr.5
Census19307 Apr 193010Warren was enumerated as the son of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1930 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Warren was 10 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin, Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr, JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon, and Patricia Mary Gordon.6
Census194010 Apr 194020Warren was enumerated as the son of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1940 United States Census residing at 305 3rd Street NE in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Warren was 20 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin, JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon, and Patricia Mary Gordon.7
ResidenceFrom 1952 - 1978Warren lived in 114 8th Street SE, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG, from 1952 - 1978.

Patricia Mary Durrenberger also lived in the same household.

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
Bet 7 Dec 1937 and 31 Oct 1940Motion picture theater manager for Falls Amusement Company at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+7
Bet 1 Jul 1946 and 31 Oct 1947Manager of the 34th Club at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+
From 15 Oct 1947 - 1978Chief stock controller for US Property and Fiscal Office at Camp Ripley, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+3

Children with: Patricia Mary Durrenberger (1926 - 1988)

SonWarren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (1947 - )
DaughterSuzanne Marie Gordon (1950 - )
DaughterNancy Ann Gordon (1954 - )
SonJames Patrick (Jimmy G) Gordon (1956 - 2010)

Citations

  1. [S218] Ancestry.com - Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002), online www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002).
  2. [S70] Warren M. Gordon Jr, Death Certificate No. 2280009148 (April 4, 1980), unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as Warren M. Gordon Jr., Death Certificate.
  3. [S65] Warren M. Gordon Jr. Obituary, Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, Minnesota, March 29, 1980. Hereinafter cited as Little Falls Transcript.
  4. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 126923991. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1920 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

Rochelle Mary Gordon

Person ID #12, (1921 - 1921)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Aunt of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherWarren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr (1890 - 1959)
MotherGeorgianna St. Martin (1889 - 1992)
Included in the following Charts:Descendants of Abraham Warren
Descendants of David James McNay
Descendants of Jean Richard
Descendants of Pierre Poutre
Descendants of Samuel Gordon
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Rochelle Mary Gordon - Calvary Cemetery, Little Falls, Minnesota
Rochelle Mary Gordon obituary, 1921

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

23 May 19210Rochelle Mary Gordon was born on 23 May 1921 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.1
Baptism

19 Jun 19210She was baptized on 19 Jun 1921 in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.
Death

23 Dec 19210Rochelle died on 23 Dec 1921 in Saint Gabriel's Hospital, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 0.2,3
Cause of Death

23 Dec 19210She died of peritonitis.2
Obituary

24 Dec 19210Obituary of Rochelle Mary Gordon
Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, MN, December 24, 1921

Died Rochelle Mary Gordon, the seven-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Gordon, died at 11:20 last night at St. Gabriel's hospital as the result of peritonitis, after an illness of about three days. An operation was performed yesterday in efforts to save the little one's life, but it was futile.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the St, Francis Xavier church, Rev. Arthur Lamothe officiating. Internment will be Calvary cemetery.

Funeral

25 Dec 19210Her funeral was held on 25 Dec 1921 in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.
Burial

25 Dec 19210She was buried on 25 Dec 1921 in Calvary Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.2
Note

30 Dec 19210Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, Minnesota
December 30, 1921
"Come and Gone" section

Mrs. Ralph Barber and Miss Eleanor St. Martin of Minneapolis, were in Little Falls Monday for the funeral of their neice, Rochelle Gordon.

Citations

  1. [S97] Birth Registrations entry, Births, Book E, Page 27, Line 77, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  2. [S52] Rochelle Gordon Obituary, Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, Minnesota, 24 December 1921. Hereinafter cited as Little Falls Transcript.
  3. [S98] unknown subject entry, Death Records, Morrison County, Minnesota, Book E, Page 21, Line 91, unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as Death Records, Morrison Co., MN.

JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon

Person ID #13, (1926 - 1999)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Aunt of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherWarren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr (1890 - 1959)
MotherGeorgianna St. Martin (1889 - 1992)
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Joan Gordon (1926-1999) , Little Falls, Minnesota
JoAnn (Joan) Gordon Funeral Card - 1999

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

22 Sep 19260JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon was born on 22 Sep 1926 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.1
Baptism

24 Oct 19260She was baptized on 24 Oct 1926 in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.
Graduation

1945~19Graduated from Saint Francis High School in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+, in 1945.
Marriage

Claude Wessel Morris
Ca. 1946JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon married Claude Wessel Morris ca. 1946.
Death

27 Jul 199972JoAnn died on 27 Jul 1999 in Power County Nursing Home, American Falls, Power, Idaho, United StatesG, at age 72.
Cremation

31 Jul 199972She was cremated on 31 Jul 1999 in American Falls, Power, Idaho, United StatesG.
Obituary

1 Aug 199972AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho -- JoAnn "Joan" Marie Morris, 72, American Falls, Idaho and formerly of Little Falls, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at the Power County Nursing Home in American Falls.

She was born Sept. 22, 1926, in Little Falls to Warren and Georgianna Gordon II. She graduated from St. Francis High School in 1945. She married Claude Morris. They lived in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. They later divorced. She moved to Minneapolis where she worked for Coldwell Banker and Martin Homes as a receptionist. In 1986, she moved to Little Falls. After her mother died in 1992, she moved to American Falls. She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Little Falls and Presentation of the Lord, St. Mary's in American Falls.

Survivors include three sons, Patrick Morris, Overland Park, Kan., Michael Morris, Phoenix, and Gordon Morris, Lenexa, Kan.; three daughters, Carolyn Setzler, Apple Valley, Kathryn Morris, Spokane, Wash., and Claudia Brulotte, American Falls; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Patricia Schroeder, Little Falls.

Her parents, two brothers, Thomas Gordon III, and Warren "Buzz" Gordon II, and a sister, Rochelle Gordon, died earlier.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Little Falls with Rev. Nick Landsberger officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery of Little Falls. A memorial mass was also conducted at Presentation of the Lord, St. Mary's Parish in American Falls, Idaho.

Arrangements are with Shelley Funeral Chapel of Little Falls.
Funeral

14 Aug 199972Her funeral was held on 14 Aug 1999 in Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Burial

14 Aug 199972She was buried on 14 Aug 1999 in Calvary Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

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Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19307 Apr 19303JoAnn was enumerated as the daughter of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1930 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. JoAnn was 3 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin, Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr, Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr, and Patricia Mary Gordon.3
Census194010 Apr 194013JoAnn was enumerated as the daughter of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1940 United States Census residing at 305 3rd Street NE in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. JoAnn was 13 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin, Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr, and Patricia Mary Gordon.4

Children with: Claude Wessel Morris (1926 - 2004)

SonPatrick John Morris (1947 - )
SonMichael Claude Morris (1949 - )
DaughterCarolyn Marie Morris (1950 - )
DaughterKathryn Mary Morris (1952 - )
DaughterClaudia Ann Morris (1957 - )
SonGordon Anthony Morris (1964 - )

Citations

  1. [S97] Birth Registrations entry, Births, Book E, Page 152, Line 357, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  2. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 9304799. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1930 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

Patricia Mary Gordon

Person ID #14, (1929 - )
Last Edited12 Jan 2018
Aunt of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherWarren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr (1890 - 1959)
MotherGeorgianna St. Martin (1889 - 1992)
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Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

6 Feb 19290Patricia Mary Gordon was born on 6 Feb 1929 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.1
Baptism

14 Apr 19290She was baptized on 14 Apr 1929 in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.
Baptism

Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III
29 Jun 194718Patricia Mary Gordon became the godmother at Warren's baptism on 29 Jun 1947 in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, MN
Marriage

Cyriacus (Cyri) Henry Rausch
2 Sep 195223Patricia Mary Gordon married Cyriacus (Cyri) Henry Rausch on 2 Sep 1952 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United States. Pat's sister, Joan, was the bridesmaid at the wedding.2
Divorce

Cyriacus (Cyri) Henry Rausch
1969~40Patricia Mary Gordon was divorced from Cyriacus (Cyri) Henry Rausch in 1969 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.
Marriage

Robert Harry Schroeder
3 Jan 199767Patricia Mary Gordon married Robert Harry Schroeder, son of Harry George Schroeder and Delphia Grace Tedford, on 3 Jan 1997 at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United States.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19307 Apr 19301Patricia was enumerated as the daughter of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1930 United States Census residing at 600 4th Street SW in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Patricia was 1 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin, Thomas Campbell Gordon Sr, Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr, and JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon.3
Census194010 Apr 194011Patricia was enumerated as the daughter of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr on the 1940 United States Census residing at 305 3rd Street NE in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota. Patricia was 11 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Georgianna St. Martin, Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr, and JoAnn (Joan) Marie Gordon.4
ResidenceFrom 1957 - 2018Resided in 1503 Riverview Drive, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG, from 1957 - 2018.

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
From 1953 - 1998Medical assistant for the Little Falls Clinic at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+

Citations

  1. [S97] Birth Registrations entry, Births, Book F, Page 1, Line 17, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  2. [S126] Marriage Records, Church Records, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1930 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

Anton Durrenberger

Person ID #15, (1869 - 1930)
Last Edited12 Sep 2018
Great-grandfather of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherGebhard Ignatius Dürrenberger (1818 - 1900)
MotherTheresia Mueller (Miller) (1829 - 1919)
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J.G. Durrenberger (front row- second from left) and his brothers and sons James and Robert ca 1940
Anton Durrenberger 1869-1930

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

13 Jul 18690Anton Durrenberger was born on 13 Jul 1869 in Henderson Township, Sibley, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Marriage

Catherine (Katharina) (Kate) Welter
27 Sep 188617Anton Durrenberger married Catherine (Katharina) (Kate) Welter, daughter of Nicholas (Nic) Welter (Woelter) and Anna (Annie) Neuens, on 27 Sep 1886 in Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, Minnesota, United States.
Death

22 Feb 193060Anton died on 22 Feb 1930 in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 60.1
Burial

Feb 193060He was buried in Feb 1930 in Calvary Cemetery at Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota.

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Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census18701 Jun 18700Anton was enumerated as a member of Gebhard's household on the 1870 United States Census in Henderson Township, Sibley, Minnesota. Anton was 0 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Theresia Mueller (Miller), Theresa Durrenberger, Gephardt Durenberger II, Joseph Paul Durenberger, Magdalena (Lena) Durrenberger, Theodore N. Durenberger, and August (Gus) Durrenberger.3
CensusMN1 May 188515Anton was enumerated as the son of Gebhard Ignatius Dürrenberger on the 1885 Minnesota Census in Lake Prairie, Nicollet, Minnesota. Anton was 15 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Theresia Mueller (Miller), Gephardt Durenberger II, Joseph Paul Durenberger, Magdalena (Lena) Durrenberger, Theodore N. Durenberger, August (Gus) Durrenberger, Rose Margaret Durenberger, and Maria (Mary) Durrenberger.4
Census191030 Apr 191040Anton was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1910 United States Census in Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, Minnesota. Anton was 40 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Catherine (Katharina) (Kate) Welter, John George Durrenberger, Joseph Maxmillan Durrenberger, Mary Petronilla Durrenberger, Veronica Aurelia Durrenberger, Raymond John Durrenberger, Peter Simon Durrenberger, Harry Aloysius Durrenberger, and Sylvester Michael Durrenberger.5

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
1885Farmer at Lake Prairie, Nicollet, Minnesota, United StatesG4
1895Farmer at Lake Prairie, Nicollet, Minnesota, United StatesG6
1910City marshall at Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, Minnesota, United StatesG5

Children with: Catherine (Katharina) (Kate) Welter (1866 - 1958)

SonJohn George Durrenberger (1887 - 1974)
SonJoseph Maxmillan Durrenberger (1889 - 1969)
DaughterMary Petronilla Durrenberger (1890 - 1971)
DaughterVeronica Aurelia Durrenberger (1893 - 1970)
SonRaymond John Durrenberger (1896 - 1987)
SonPeter Simon Durrenberger (1898 - 1967)
DaughterAnna D. Durrenberger (1900 - 1900)
SonHarry Aloysius Durrenberger (1901 - 1980)
SonMark A. Durenberger (1904 - 1907)
SonSylvester Michael Durrenberger (1909 - 1972)

Citations

  1. [S218] Ancestry.com - Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002), online www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002).
  2. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 170837064. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1870 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1885 Minnesota State Census.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1910 US Census.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1895 Minnesota State Census.

Catherine (Katharina) (Kate) Welter

Person ID #16, (1866 - 1958)
Last Edited12 Sep 2018
Great-grandmother of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherNicholas (Nic) Welter (Woelter) (ca. 1825 - 1900)
MotherAnna (Annie) Neuens (1833 - 1910)
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Katherine Welter, death certificate, 1958
Katherine Welter (1866-1958) and her brother Henry Welter (1857-1942)
Katherine Welter
Katherine Welter
(1866-1958)
Kate Welter Durrenberger
ca 1944

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

25 Dec 18660Catherine (Katharina) (Kate) Welter was born on 25 Dec 1866 in Sheboygan, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United StatesG.1
Marriage

Anton Durrenberger
27 Sep 188619Catherine (Katharina) (Kate) Welter married Anton Durrenberger, son of Gebhard Ignatius Dürrenberger and Theresia Mueller (Miller), on 27 Sep 1886 in Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, Minnesota, United States.
Death

1 Feb 195891Catherine died on 1 Feb 1958 in 1203 Blair Avenue, Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 91.1
Cause of Death

1 Feb 195891She died of decompensated heart caused by hypertensive cardiovascular disease.1
Burial

4 Feb 195891She was buried on 4 Feb 1958 in Calvary Cemetery at Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota.

Find A Grave Memorial Link.2
Obituary

5 Feb 195891Obituary of Catherine Welter

Le Sueur New Herald, February 5, 1968

Funeral services for Mrs. Anton (Katherine) Durrenberger, 91, of St. Paul were held Tuesday morning at the St. Columbia's Catholic church. Burial was in Calvary cemetery. Mrs. Durrenberger was born December 25, 1866 in Sheboygan, Wis., moved to Le Sueur and then to St. Paul. She is survived by six sons, Peter and Sylvester, St. Paul; Harry and Raymond, West St. Paul; John of Little Falls and Joseph of Hutchinson, Kan.; two daughters, Miss Mary Durrenberger and Mrs. Harry Oberg, both of St. Paul.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
CensusMN1 May 18758Catherine was enumerated as the daughter of Nicholas (Nic) Welter (Woelter) on the 1875 Minnesota Census in Henderson Township, Sibley, Minnesota. Catherine was 8 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Anna (Annie) Neuens, Henry Welter, John Welter, Mathias W. Welter, Anna Marie Welter, Charles Welter, Nicholas (Nic) Welter Junior, Michael (Mike) Welter, and Louis Welter.
Census188010 Jun 188013Catherine was enumerated as the daughter of Nicholas (Nic) Welter (Woelter) on the 1880 United States Census in Henderson Township, Sibley, Minnesota. Catherine was 13 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Anna (Annie) Neuens, John Welter, Anna Marie Welter, Nicholas (Nic) Welter Junior, Michael (Mike) Welter, Louis Welter, Joseph Welter, and Anton (Anthony) Welter.3
CensusMN13 May 188518Catherine was enumerated as the daughter of Nicholas (Nic) Welter (Woelter) on the 1885 Minnesota Census in Henderson Township, Sibley, Minnesota. Catherine was 18 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Anna (Annie) Neuens, John Welter, Mathias W. Welter, Nicholas (Nic) Welter Junior, Michael (Mike) Welter, Louis Welter, Joseph Welter, and Anton (Anthony) Welter.
Census191030 Apr 191043Catherine was enumerated as the wife of Anton Durrenberger on the 1910 United States Census in Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, Minnesota. Catherine was 43 years old.

Also residing in the same household were John George Durrenberger, Joseph Maxmillan Durrenberger, Mary Petronilla Durrenberger, Veronica Aurelia Durrenberger, Raymond John Durrenberger, Peter Simon Durrenberger, Harry Aloysius Durrenberger, and Sylvester Michael Durrenberger.4
Census19303 Apr 193063Catherine was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1930 United States Census in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota. Catherine was 63 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Petronilla Durrenberger, Harry Aloysius Durrenberger, Sylvester Michael Durrenberger, and Clara Margaret (Topsey) Weibeler.5
Census194019 Apr 194073Catherine was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1940 United States Census in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota. Catherine was 73 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Petronilla Durrenberger, Harry Aloysius Durrenberger, and Anton (Tony) Henry Schons.6

Children with: Anton Durrenberger (1869 - 1930)

SonJohn George Durrenberger (1887 - 1974)
SonJoseph Maxmillan Durrenberger (1889 - 1969)
DaughterMary Petronilla Durrenberger (1890 - 1971)
DaughterVeronica Aurelia Durrenberger (1893 - 1970)
SonRaymond John Durrenberger (1896 - 1987)
SonPeter Simon Durrenberger (1898 - 1967)
DaughterAnna D. Durrenberger (1900 - 1900)
SonHarry Aloysius Durrenberger (1901 - 1980)
SonMark A. Durenberger (1904 - 1907)
SonSylvester Michael Durrenberger (1909 - 1972)

Citations

  1. [S68] Katherine Welter, Death Certificate No. 275312 (February 4, 1958), unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as Katherine Welter, Death Certificate.
  2. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 170837072. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1880 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1910 US Census.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

John George Durrenberger

Person ID #17, (1887 - 1974)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Grandfather of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherAnton Durrenberger (1869 - 1930)
MotherCatherine (Katharina) (Kate) Welter (1866 - 1958)
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John George Durrenberger, death certificate, 1975
Wedding of John G. (Jack) Durrenberger and Angela Weibeler - 20 Oct 1915 (left to right) Mary Durrenberger, Christian "Cox" Weibeler, Clara Townsend, Nicholas Schons, John G. Durrenberger, Unknown Weibeler, Angela Weibeler, Unknown Weibeler, Raymond Durrenberger, Helen Weibeler
Jack and Angela Durrenberger
John G. Durrenberger
John G. Durrenberger and Angela Weibeler portrait
Children of J.G. and Angela Durrenberger and their grandmother Kate Welter Durrenberger
J G Durrenberger Children-text
John G. Durrenberger obituary, 1974

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

10 Aug 18870John George Durrenberger was born on 10 Aug 1887 in Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, Minnesota, United StatesG.1
Marriage

Mary Angela Weibeler
20 Oct 191528John George Durrenberger married Mary Angela Weibeler, daughter of William (Wilhelm) Hubert Weibeler and Katherine (Katharina) Schmitt, on 20 Oct 1915 at Saints Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota, United States. Wedding of J.G. Durrenberger and A. Weibeler
Belle Plaine Herald, Belle Plaine, MN October 21, 1915

INTERESTING AFFAIR BEAUTIFULLY CARRIED OUT

Miss Angela Weibeler, daughter of W.H. Weibeler, and Mr. John Durrenberger of St. Paul, were united in marriage at Sts. Peter and Paul's church Wednesday morning, Rev. John Curry officiating.

Miss Helen Weibeler were maid of honor, and Ray Durrenberger was best man. The other attendants of the bridal party were Miss Mary Durrenberger and Miss Clara Townsend, and Messrs. Christian Weibeler and Nicholas Schons.

The bride was attired in a gown of bride's satin trimmed with Spanish lace and fur with full court train, the veil caught with orange blossoms and carried a shower bouquet of roses and lilies of the valley. The bride's maids were attired in yellow crepe de chene and carried pink roses.

A wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride's father for the immediate relatives. The rooms were decorated beautifully with oak leaves and yellow chrysanthemums.

After an extended wedding trip through the northern part of the state, Mr. and Mrs. Durrenberger will be at home in Wadena.

Those from out of town who were here for the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. A. Durrenberger, Miss Veronica Durrenberger, Peter Durrenberger, Miss Ida Tobias, of St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Weibeler and Mrs. Fred Heywood, of Aitken; Miss Esther Rethwill, of Le Sueur.2
Milit-WWI

5 Jun 191729John George Durrenberger registered for World War I military service on 5 Jun 1917 in Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota, United StatesG.3
Milit-WWII

25 Apr 194254He registered for World War II military service on 25 Apr 1942 in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United StatesG.4
Death

24 Dec 197487John died on 24 Dec 1974 in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+, at age 87.5,1
Burial

26 Dec 197487He was buried on 26 Dec 1974 in Calvary Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

Find A Grave Memorial Link.6

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census191030 Apr 191022John was enumerated as the son of Anton Durrenberger on the 1910 United States Census in Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, Minnesota. John was 22 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Catherine (Katharina) (Kate) Welter, Joseph Maxmillan Durrenberger, Mary Petronilla Durrenberger, Veronica Aurelia Durrenberger, Raymond John Durrenberger, Peter Simon Durrenberger, Harry Aloysius Durrenberger, and Sylvester Michael Durrenberger.7
Census19205 Jan 192032John was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1920 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. John was 32 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, General William John Durrenberger, and Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD.8
Census19307 Apr 193042John was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1930 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. John was 42 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, General William John Durrenberger, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, James Frederick Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.9
Census19404 Apr 194052John was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1940 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. John was 52 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, General William John Durrenberger, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, James Frederick Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.10

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
1910Hardware store saleman at Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, Minnesota, United StatesG7
1917Salesman for Basley and Frosman of Chicago, Illinois at Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota, United StatesG3
1930Traveling paint saleman at Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United StatesG9
1940Traveling paint saleman at Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United StatesG10
1942Hardware salesman for Farwell, Ozmun, Kirk and Co. of Saint Paul, Minnesota at Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United StatesG4
1945Salesman for Masog Clothing Store at W. Broadway, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG
1955Nutrilite distributor at Fargo, Cass, North Dakota, United StatesG
Bet 1961 and 1970Owner and real estate broker of J.G. Durrenberger Realty at Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United StatesG

Children with: Mary Angela Weibeler (1891 - 1974)

SonGeneral William John Durrenberger (1917 - 2002)
SonDr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD (1918 - 2012)
SonCdr. John Anthony Durrenberger (1920 - 1984)
SonJames Frederick Durrenberger (1923 - 2000)
DaughterPatricia Mary Durrenberger (1926 - 1988)

Citations

  1. [S86] J.G. Durrenberger Obituary, Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, Minnesota, December 26, 1974. Hereinafter cited as Little Falls Transcript.
  2. [S88] Angela Weibeler Wedding, Belle Plaine Herald, Belle Plaine, Minnesota, October 21, 1915. Hereinafter cited as Belle Plaine Herald.
  3. [S233] Military Records, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918., 4,582 Microfilm Rolls (Washington D.C: National Archives and Records). Hereinafter cited as World War I Draft Registration Cards, (1917-1918).
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  5. [S218] Ancestry.com - Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002), online www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002).
  6. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 126923136. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1910 US Census.
  8. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1920 US Census.
  9. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  10. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

William (Wilhelm) Hubert Weibeler

Person ID #18, (1839 - 1923)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Great-grandfather of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherJohann Weibeler (1788 - 1866)
MotherAnna Maria Schmitz (ca. 1801 - Aft 1858)
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William H. Weibeler, death certificate, 1923
Weibeler General Store, Belle Plaine, Minnesota
William Hubert Weibeler
William Hubert Weibeler obituary, 1923
William Hubert Weibeler obituary, 1923
W.H. Weibeler Will - 1920
W.H. Weibeler naturalization - 1877
W.H. Weibeler family and store workers, Belle Plaine, MN - 1888
W.H. Weibeler family and store workers, Belle Plaine, MN - 1888

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

8 Jun 18390William (Wilhelm) Hubert Weibeler was born on 8 Jun 1839 in Nettesheim-Butzheim, Rhineland, Preußen, GermanyG.1
Baptism

9 Jun 18390He was baptized on 9 Jun 1839 in Nettesheim-Butzheim, Rhineland, Preußen, GermanyG.1
Immigration

1867~28He immigrated to America in 1867.2
Psgr List

13 Apr 186727He was found on a passenger list on 13 Apr 1867 in Hamburg, GermanyG. He sailed on the ship Cimbria and it was noted that he was from Butzheim, Germany. His occupation was listed as Arbeiter or worker.3
Naturalization

1872~33He was naturalized in 1872.4
Marriage

Katherine (Katharina) Schmitt
5 May 187333William (Wilhelm) Hubert Weibeler married Katherine (Katharina) Schmitt, daughter of Christian L. Schmitt and Angeline Hansen, on 5 May 1873 at Jessenland Church in Jessenland, Sibley, Minnesota, United States.
Note

14 Oct 188445Saint Paul Globe, Saint Paul, Minnesota
October 14, 1884

Dissolution of Partnership

Notice is hereby given, that the Corporation heretofore existing between Henry Theviot, Fred Luken and Wm. H. Weibeler, on the firm name of H. Theviot & Co., at Brainerd, Minnesota, is this day dissolved by mutual consent. W.H. Weibeler will continue the business in his own name, and will settle all claims against the said firm. Al debts due said firm must be paid to said W. A. Weibeler without delay. All coimmunications to be made to W.H. Weibeler, ay Belle Plaine, Minn.

Dated at Brainerd, this 9th day of October, 1884.

Henry Theviot
Fred Luken
W.H. Weibeler.

Baptism

General William John Durrenberger
Mar 191777William (Wilhelm) Hubert Weibeler became the godfather at William's baptism in Mar 1917 in Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Death

27 Feb 192383William died on 27 Feb 1923 in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 83.5
Cause of Death

27 Feb 192383He died of chronic myscardites and chronic bronchitis.5
Obituary

1 Mar 192383Obituary of William H. Weibeler
     Belle Plaine Herald, March 1, 1923

     PIONEER MERCHANT DIES
     WM. H. WEIBELER PASSED AWAY TUESDAY AFTERNOON ATTAINS FINE AGE - TOOK LEADING PART FOR MANY YEARS IN CIVIC AFFAIRS

     William H. Weibeler. Belle Plaine's pioneer merchant and leading figure in the public life of the community for fifty-four years, died at 3:10 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 27. Death was due to old age infirmities, his age being 83 years, 8 months and 21 days.
     Since the past year he has been gradually failing in health, and for the past few weeks was unable to leave home. He was confined to his bed, however, but one day before he died.
     Mr. Weibeler was one of the outstanding figures of Belle Plaine, taking at all times a keen interest in everything that related to the welfare of the community. He came here in 1869, and for a few years was a clerk in the store of A. V. Heyderstaedt. In 1872 he embarked in the mercantile business for himself and remained in this business until he sold out to Mr. Behnke in 1910.
     For many years he conducted our largest store and was widely known as a very successful merchant. He served as mayor, member of the borough council and of the school board, and an officer in our various civic and fraternal organizations.
     He was married here to Catherine Schmitt, daughter of the late Christian Schmitt, and to them eleven children were born, of whom two preceded him to his grave. His wife died in 1907. The surviving children are Gerhard H., Frank; Katherine and John of Belle Plaine; Peter H. of Devils Lake, N.D.; William M. of Omaha, Neb.; Mrs. Clara Heywood of Minneapolis, Mrs. Angela Durrenberger of Perham, Dr. Christian Weibeler of Adrian. One sister survives him, Mrs. G. Hilgers of Jordan.
     Mr. Weibeler was a native of Germany, born in the city of Butzheim, and he came to this country in 1868, locating at Jordan. He moved to Belle Plaine the following year and remained here ever since.
     The funeral will be held Friday morning, with services at Sts. Peter and Paul's church at 9 o'clock.
Burial

2 Mar 192383He was buried on 2 Mar 1923 in Saints Peter and Paul's Catholic Cemetery at Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota.

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Biography

WILLIAM HUBERT WEIBLER
     Written by Earl Weibeler

On June 8, 1837 my great grandfather, Wilhelm Hubert Weipler, was born in Butzheim Germany, a small town with a population of five- hundred in the Rhine Province near Cologne. He was the only one out of a family of thirteen to leave Germany for the New World. It is possible that poverty in the family, due to his fathers handicap, delayed his departure until he was thirty. His father had lost an arm in the Napoleanic War. He left Germany in1867. While going through Customs, his first name was Americanized and his last name was misspelled, according to the way it sounded to the Custom's Officer. His new name was William Hubert Weibeler. From New York he set out for Chicago. To reach Chicago, he boarded a train whose cars closely resembled those used to transport cattle. According to my information, he remained in Chicago only short time. While there, he stayed with relatives or friends from his home town, "William," or "W.H.", as he would later come to be known. He was an ambitious man, however he decided to leave Chicago, despite the opportunities it held. It seemed that he preferred a small town much like Butzheim, to a city the size of Chicago. His dislike for large cities and perhaps Chicago in particular, was later to cost him and his heirs a fortune.

After learning he had relatives living in Jordan, a small town in Minnesota, he made the long hard trip up the Mississippi River to St. Paul by riverboat, and then on to Jordan by stagecoach, or on the railroad which had just been completed. W. H. spent only a few days in Jordan visiting relatives because he soon found a job as a clerk, working for a Mr. Heyderstadt, a store owner from Belle Plaine, a small town seven miles away. Belle Plaine was very much like his home town in Germany. The population was around 497 when he arrived, but was to double within 25 years. He worked for Heyderstadt for only a few months. During this time he learned all he could about the operation of the store and about business in general. Heyderstadt's store was small, and there was much more to be learned at the large general store in the center of town, so he waited for an opening and then went to work for Jim Jordan as a clerk. Most of the men who came into the area were looking only for rich land along the Minnesota River to farm. Labor in town was at a premium, and anyone who was willing and available for steady work was paid a very livable wage. W. H. saved much of the money he made, and soon started looking for places to invest it. He bought tracts of land through out the town and in surrounding areas. By 1871, he opened up a confectionery in the front of the old Belle Plaine Hotel. Although he was still working for Mr. Jordan as an assistant or head clerk, his own small store was beginning to make him a reasonable profit. In 1872 he was approached by several other local business men for the purpose of buying land in the city of Chicago. A fire had recently swept through that city. W. H. rejected the idea. He did not think that a new city would be built over the site of the old one. A dislike for large cities may have also entered into his decision. Much of the profit he had made up to this time was on farm land in the area, so he invested his money in land in North Dakota instead. This land was to be sold later for nearly no profit at all.

On May 5, 1873, W. H. married Catherine Schmitt, the daughter of a local brewery owner, Christian Schmitt. He and his new wife took an apartment in the hotel over his confectionery store where was now working full time. Two years later, in the summer of 1875, Jim Jordan's general store burned to the ground. Jordan decided not to rebuild. He sold the land to W. H., who built a small wooden frame structure to house his confectionery, which was now expanding into a general store. As his sales increased, he expanded the store by building a warehouse in back for storage. With the increased space he began to buy merchandise by the carload. Soon it became evident that the building that housed his store was far to small. In1882 he tore down the old wood structure and replaced it with a larger brick structure. His was the largest general store in a town, whose population was near seven hundred. The store was divided into three sections, each was completely separate from the other by a wall. In one section, he sold clothing, in another, groceries and in the third, hardware. The rear and second floor of the building were his living quarters. These quarters were very large and decorated lavishly. At the time they were built, he had three or four children. Because he expected his family to grow, his home was designed with seven bedrooms. This planning was to pay off, for he was to have eleven children in all. The first floor in the rear of the store held the dining room and the kitchen. Above the kitchen were the maids' quarters, which consisted of three bedrooms. W. H. needed a number of maids, because he fed the eighteen clerks who worked in his store dinner each working day. His dining room was two floors high and measured fifteen by thirty feet. The dining room table was five feet wide and long enough to seat twenty people. It was covered by a lace table cloth which extended over the table on all sides. The living room was on the second floor. It was larger than the dining room. Behind the living room were the seven bedrooms. W. H. had running cold water on the first floor. He accomplished this by running a pipe under the road to the municipal well, which was forty feet from the house. This well had a windmill pump and a twenty foot high water tower.

The most unique aspect of his house was the large ballroom, which was adjacent to the living room. It was so large that it was sometimes used for basketball games. According to Harold Albrecht, the town historian, and author of several books about Belle Plaine, "Weibler Hall dates from the1870's". It was above the store owned by the same family. Up the stairs went crowds of Belle Plainites to the world of entertainment. These included home-talent plays, School entertainments, graduations, lectures, parish fairs, and dinners, wondering minstrel shows; even a Ringling Bros. Circus performance, athletic events, dances, masquerade balls--all the excitement in entertainment the town enjoyed.

The same year he built the store, W. H. bought the Dakota House which contained a hotel, a bar, and a restaurant. This must have been a profitable venture, for information I have, speaks of local hotels filling up with new faces each night. These people were passing through in search of new land to farm. W. H. did not undertake the operation of this hotel, he instead hired others to run it for him. He did the same with a drug store he built next to his general store. On a lot behind the general store he built another hotel. The front of the building still bears the name Weibeler on a metal plaque. He sold a section of land near the general store to a brother-in law for use in establishing the first bank in Belle Plaine.

W.H. was very much a part of life in Belle Plaine. The ways Weibeler Hall was used, shows he was culturally minded. This may have been spurred on by the pride he took in showing off his children's talents. He insisted that each one learn to play a musical instrument. A record of the school musical club in 1900, indicates that five of it's twelve members were his children. He was also involved in many of the town's civic enterprises. In 1896 he was elected Mayor. His campaign coincided with that of presidential hopeful, William Jennings Bryan. During his campaign Bryan made a train stop in Belle Plaine. Clara Weibeler, one of W. H.'s daughters, presented Bryan with a bouquet of flowers after his speech. W. H. was also a councilman, a member of the school board, and the River Commission. He was also one of the major contributors to the establishment of the Catholic Church, Sts. Peter and Paul. Those that remember him say that he and his family were almost always at church on Sunday. He would often invite friends over on Sunday by suggesting that they stop by on the way to church. He and his guests would then walk to church together. After the service they would then return home for a Sunday afternoon dinner. Although he was seldom late for mass, the priests had learned that they better not start the service without him. In the middle of the afternoon he would gather up his family and any lingering guests, and all would attend Benediction. When W. H. went to church, everyone went to church. William Hubert was literally the "Godfather" in Belle Plaine. He was present, in that capacity, for many of the christenings in town. He made one stipulation before he would consent to be the Godfather of a child. All of his godchildren had to take "Hubert" as their middle name. I have not been able to uncover the significance of this request. St. Hubert is the patron saint of dog-bite (hydrophobia) victims. Hydrophobia was greatly feared at that time.

W.H. raised his children strictly, as was the custom of the times. Besides requiring training in the arts, he also insisted that each child receive a higher education. He sent all of his children to a college in the area. With the education they received at the University of Minnesota, St. John's, St. Benedict, and Mankato, many of his children were attracted by life and opportunities which existed outside of the boundaries of Belle Plaine.

Kate was the only child to remain in Belle Plaine after her father's death in 1923. She continued to run the confectionery, which was a small part of the general store her father had established. In 1960, she closed the confectionery, and sold the entire building to the Coast to Coast Co. Today the building houses a hardware store, which is part of the Coast to Coast National chain. The living room and ballroom are used for storage, and the dining room, kitchen, and maid's quarters, all of which are in the rear of the building, are rented out as an apartment. Today, there are no Weibelers living in Belle Plaine. All the land and properties in and around town have been sold. The name of "Weibeler" is remembered only by those interested in the town's early history, or by those who frequented my aunt Kate's confectionery. The building bearing the Weibeler name, which W. H. had built as a hotel, is now a bar. While I was in Belle Plaine gathering information for this paper, I went into that bar. When I told the bartender that my great-grandfather had built the building, he appeared unimpressed, and responded with what I considered to be a disinterested "So"?

Although the name of one of Belle Plaine's early founders is nearly forgotten, it's a name like many others that helped to build the towns, large and small, which sprang up during the frontier period of our country.

Probate

24 Mar 192383His estate was probated on 24 Mar 1923 in Shakopee, Scott, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Will

1 Jul 192081He left a will on 1 Jul 1920 in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota, United StatesG.

Will of William H. Weibeler
July 1, 1920

In the Name of God, Amen

I, William H. Weibeler of Belle Plaine in the County of Scott and State of Minnesota, being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefore made, ordain and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.

First, I order and direct that my executors hereinafter named, pay all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon after my decease as conveniently may be out of the Life Ins. Policy of the German R. Catholic Benevolent Society of St. Paul.

Second, after the payment of such funeral expenses and debts, then out of the rest of the money of said Ins. Policy shall be $100 paid to the parish priest of the St. Peter & Paul Church of Belle Plaine, Minn. for masses for the reposed of souls of my wife, my daughter Marie and myself, jointly. If there is some money on hand out of the above named Life Ins. Policy then shall be paid below named amounts to the children, what paid to my son Christian Weibeler Education at the University of Minnesota, as follows:

1. To my son W.M. Weibeler for boarding him for 3 years at 9 months each year total 27 months at $15.00 a month - $405.00 with interest at 4 per cent from June 1, 1917.
2. To my son Peter H. Weibeler for same purpose $115.00. Interest at 4% from June 1, 1917.
3. To my daughter Katharine Weibeler for same purpose $100 Int. at 4% from June 1, 1917.
4. To my daughter Clara Haywood, nee Weibeler, for same purpose $10.00 with interest at 4% from June 1, 1917.
5. To my daughter Angela Durrenberger nee Weibeler, for same purpose $70.00 Int. at 4% from June 1, 1917.

If there is a Bal of the above named policy named not in of the pay all of this, then to the other policy of Life Ins. shall cover the rest and the Bal of same shall be divided between the four youngest children. The stock of One Thousand ($1000.00) dollars in the First Nat. Bank of Belle Plaine, Minn. shall go to my son John Weibeler. I don’t think there be any debts when I shall leave this world, but there should be any, they should be paid out of the Life Ins. I also declare my estate shall be divided between my 9 children equal shares, after the respective amounts, what the other herein named children already have received the bal. of the children shall get first the equal amount what the others get, first out of my estate, then the remaining will then be equal divided between the 9 children.

Now comes what the other children already received:

1. My son G.H. Weibeler has a house and lots deeded to him in the amount of twelve hundred ($1200.00) Dollars.
2. My son Frank Weibeler the sum of $1200.00 when he went into bankruptcy at Iona, Minn.
3. My son Peter H. Weibeler the sum of twelve hundred ($1200.00) dollars when he went into bankruptcy and paid afterwards for him. I don’t hope, the selling of my property will be made in a hurry, as to receive a fair price for the Stores. The land and other lots will the administrators in consulting the other children sell as they see fit.

I also have several shares in a mining company in the State of Washington, of this I give first to my son W.M. Weibeler 250 shares, my daughter Clara Heywood born Weibeler 250 shares, my daughter Angela Durrenberger nee Weibeler 500 shares, my son John Weibeler and also Christian J. Weibeler each 500 shares, then the Bal. of the shares of said mining company shall be divided equally between the 9 children.

Have also a mining stock in Colorado, but don’t know much about this, but these shall also go to my son John, and Christian J. Weibeler, to each 500 shares, and the bal. to be divided equal again, should there be any dividend declared by the Mining Co. shall be divided equal as per shares.

Have also a note & a transfer of an Ins. Policy on the life of M.F. Foley. Should Mrs. Foley or any of their heirs pay of the Note then executors will sign over the Note & Policy. If M.P. Foley is dead then the executor shall get the note paid and if there is a Bal. to pay same to Mrs. Foley of their heirs and the proceeds of the note shall be divided equally. To repeat my intention, the amount paid to the 3 oldest boys already, the same amount must be first paid out of any money coming in to the 6 remaining children.

The Datmor Piano shall belong to the 3 girls, and they may agree between themselves who will have it, and they must pay the other 2 girls $75.00 each. I also give the 3 girls the silverware, and to Katherine all the Chinaware. My Life Ins. Policy of the G.R.C. Benevolent Society is signed to my son G.H. Weibeler, but the intention what shall be done with the money is herein clear and stated, and agreed by him.

Lastly, I make, constitute and appoint my sons, G.H. Weibeler and W.M. Weibeler to be executors of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunder subscribed my name and affixed my seal the first day of July, 1920
“William H. Weibeler” Seal.

This instrument was, on the day of the date thereof, signed, published and declared by the said testator to be his last will and testament, in the presence, who, at his request have subscribed our names thereto as witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other.

H.E. Fay residing at Belle Plaine, Minn.

F.J. Connelly residing at Belle Plaine.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
CensusMN16 May 188545William was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1885 Minnesota Census in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota. William was 45 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Katherine (Katharina) Schmitt, Gerhard (Jerry) Hubert Weibeler, Anna Maria (Mayme) Weibeler, Frank Hubert (Pat) Weibeler, Peter Hubert Weibeler, Katherine (Kate) Weibeler, John Henry Brabender, and Francis (Frank) H. Hilgers.7
Census19001 Jun 190060William was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1900 United States Census in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota. William was 60 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Anna Maria (Mayme) Weibeler, Katherine (Kate) Weibeler, Clara Margaret (Topsey) Weibeler, Mary Angela Weibeler, Peter Hubert Weibeler, William Mathias Weibeler, Dr. Christian Joseph (Cox) Weibeler DDS, Katherine (Katharina) Schmitt, and John Robert Weibeler.2
Census192020 Jan 192080William was enumerated as the head of the household on the 1920 United States Census in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota. William was 80 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Katherine (Kate) Weibeler.4

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
1866Farmer at Butzheim, Rhineland, Preußen, GermanyG
1900Merchant, store owner, and mayor at Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota, United StatesG2

Children with: Katherine (Katharina) Schmitt (1852 - 1907)

SonGerhard (Jerry) Hubert Weibeler (1874 - 1931)
DaughterAnna Maria (Mayme) Weibeler (1875 - 1918)
SonJohann Hubert (John) Weibeler (1877 - 1877)
SonFrank Hubert (Pat) Weibeler (1878 - 1937)
SonPeter Hubert Weibeler (1881 - 1943)
DaughterKatherine (Kate) Weibeler (1883 - 1967)
SonWilliam Mathias Weibeler (1886 - 1942)
DaughterClara Margaret (Topsey) Weibeler (1889 - 1970)
DaughterMary Angela Weibeler (1891 - 1974)
SonJohn Robert Weibeler (1894 - 1952)
SonDr. Christian Joseph (Cox) Weibeler DDS (1896 - 1987)

Citations

  1. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  2. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1900 US Census.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com, Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1920 US Census.
  5. [S94] William H. Weibeler, Death Certificate unknown number (February 2, 1923), unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as William H. Weibeler Death Certificate.
  6. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 123007628. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1885 Minnesota State Census.

Katherine (Katharina) Schmitt

Person ID #19, (1852 - 1907)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Great-grandmother of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherChristian L. Schmitt (1817 - 1904)
MotherAngeline Hansen (1817 - 1893)
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Katherine_Schmitt_Weibeler
Catherine Schmitt Weibeler funeral card - 1907
W.H. Weibeler family and store workers, Belle Plaine, MN - 1888
W.H. Weibeler family and store workers, Belle Plaine, MN - 1888

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

6 Jun 18520Katherine (Katharina) Schmitt was born on 6 Jun 1852 in Dörbach, Bernkastel-Wittlich, Rhineland-Pfalz, GermanyG.1
Immigration

1867~15She immigrated to America in 1867.2
Marriage

William (Wilhelm) Hubert Weibeler
5 May 187320Katherine (Katharina) Schmitt married William (Wilhelm) Hubert Weibeler, son of Johann Weibeler and Anna Maria Schmitz, on 5 May 1873 at Jessenland Church in Jessenland, Sibley, Minnesota, United States.
Death

2 Nov 190755Katherine died on 2 Nov 1907 in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 55.3
Cause of Death

2 Nov 190755She died of nephritis.3
Burial

6 Nov 190755She was buried on 6 Nov 1907 in Saints Peter and Paul's Catholic Cemetery at Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota.

Find A Grave Memorial Link.4
Obituary

11 Nov 190755Obituary of Catherine Schmitt Weibeler

Belle Plaine Herald, November 11, 1907

Mrs. William H. Weibeler Is Dead

End Is Sudden - When Hopes For Recovery Are Strongest, Death Ends the Long Trail. Funeral Is a Most Remarkable Spectacle. Friends Assemble From Far and Near and Funeral is Large Beyond Comparison

     Mrs. William Weibeler died on Saturday noon, Nov. 2nd, 1907.
     Seldom has a death in the community aroused such a universal concern. Through a long and lingering illness, the family and friends were somewhat prepared for this end, yet hope for recovery had never ceased and the shock of death was keenly felt by the sorrowing family and wide circle of friends.
     She was the daughter of the late Christian Schmitt and was born in Doerbach, Germany, June 6, 1852. She came with her parents to this country in 1867, and after staying for a short while in Chicago, came to Belle Plaine in the same year.
     In 1873 she was married to William H. Weibeler. Eleven children were born to them, of whom ten are living; namely, Gerhard H., Miss Mayme, Frank, Peter, Miss Katherine, William, Miss Clara, Miss Angela, John and Christian. Besides her husband and children, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. S. Bowler, of Denver, Colo., and two brothers, Jacob and Matt Schmitt of Belle Plaine.
     The floral offerings were the largest and most beautiful ever seen here. Various local societies, businessmen's organizations and private individuals presented a wealth of flowers.
     During the funeral which was held on Wednesday morning, all places of business and the public school was closed. The funeral was the largest that has ever been witnessed in Belle Plaine. St. Peter and Paul's church was crowded as it has never been, and the occasion of the burial of this most esteemed woman brought so many here from abroad that the number of visitors, it would seem, was the greatest that had ever gathered here. The widespread interest and sympathy expressed in the death of Mrs. Weibeler by this great concourse of people represents the degree in which she was beloved and to which the knowledge of her beautiful personality had spread.
     A solemn requiem mass was celebrated with Father Raymond as the celebrant. Father Guido, O. F. M., of Chaska; Father Rufinius, O. F. M., of Waconia; Father Suitbertus, O. F. M. of St. Benedict; and Father Herbert O. F. M., of Union Hill, occupied places in the sanctuary. Father Raymond preached the funeral sermon.
     Among the many who came to the funeral were Mrs. S. Bowler, of Denver, Col., Mr. and Mrs. H. Theviot, of Brainerd; Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Hilgers, of Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nicolin, Mrs. John Bailey and Joe Schmitt of St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Gericke, of Lake Mills, Wis.; Peter and Matt Monzel, of Webster, S. D. The number from the neighboring places of Jordan, Shakopee, Henderson, LeSueur, Green Isle, Norwood and numerous other adjoining localities was very large.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census18702 Jun 187017She was listed as a member of Christian's household in the 1870 U.S. Census taken 2 Jun 1870 in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota, United StatesG.5
CensusMN16 May 188532Katherine was enumerated as the wife of William (Wilhelm) Hubert Weibeler on the 1885 Minnesota Census in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota. Katherine was 32 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Gerhard (Jerry) Hubert Weibeler, Anna Maria (Mayme) Weibeler, Frank Hubert (Pat) Weibeler, Peter Hubert Weibeler, Katherine (Kate) Weibeler, John Henry Brabender, and Francis (Frank) H. Hilgers.6
Census19001 Jun 190047Katherine was enumerated as the wife of William (Wilhelm) Hubert Weibeler on the 1900 United States Census in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota. Katherine was 47 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Anna Maria (Mayme) Weibeler, Katherine (Kate) Weibeler, Clara Margaret (Topsey) Weibeler, Mary Angela Weibeler, Peter Hubert Weibeler, William Mathias Weibeler, Dr. Christian Joseph (Cox) Weibeler DDS, and John Robert Weibeler.2

Children with: William (Wilhelm) Hubert Weibeler (1839 - 1923)

SonGerhard (Jerry) Hubert Weibeler (1874 - 1931)
DaughterAnna Maria (Mayme) Weibeler (1875 - 1918)
SonJohann Hubert (John) Weibeler (1877 - 1877)
SonFrank Hubert (Pat) Weibeler (1878 - 1937)
SonPeter Hubert Weibeler (1881 - 1943)
DaughterKatherine (Kate) Weibeler (1883 - 1967)
SonWilliam Mathias Weibeler (1886 - 1942)
DaughterClara Margaret (Topsey) Weibeler (1889 - 1970)
DaughterMary Angela Weibeler (1891 - 1974)
SonJohn Robert Weibeler (1894 - 1952)
SonDr. Christian Joseph (Cox) Weibeler DDS (1896 - 1987)

Citations

  1. [S163] Tombstone inscription, Sts Peter and Paul Cemetery, Belle Plaine, Scott Co., Minnesota; read and photograped by Warren M. Gordon in 1990.
  2. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1900 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  3. [S95] Catherine Schmitt, Death Certificate unknown number, unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as Catherine Schmitt Death Certificate.
  4. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 123007429. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1870 US Census.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1885 Minnesota State Census.

Mary Angela Weibeler

Person ID #20, (1891 - 1974)
Last Edited7 Feb 2018
Grandmother of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

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Mary Angela Weibeler, State Normal School graduation, 1912
Mary Angela Weibeler (1891-1974) as a young girl
Baby picture of Mary Angela Weibeler (1891-1974)
Mary Angela Weibeler (1891-1974)
Angela Weibeler Durrenberger and Georgiana St. Martin Gordon at the wedding of Warren Gordon Jr. and Patricia Durrenberger
Mary Angela Weibeler (1891-1974)
Mary Angela Weibeler as a young woman
John G. Durrenberger and Angela Weibeler portrait
Mary Angela Weibeler (1891-1974)
J. G. Durrenberger and Angela Weibeler wedding, 1915

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

5 Sep 18910Mary Angela Weibeler was born on 5 Sep 1891 in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota, United StatesG.1
Graduation

24 May 191220She graduated from State Normal School in Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota, United StatesG, on 24 May 1912. She earned a degree in Elementary Education.
Marriage

John George Durrenberger
20 Oct 191524Mary Angela Weibeler married John George Durrenberger, son of Anton Durrenberger and Catherine (Katharina) (Kate) Welter, on 20 Oct 1915 at Saints Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota, United States. Wedding of J.G. Durrenberger and A. Weibeler
Belle Plaine Herald, Belle Plaine, MN October 21, 1915

INTERESTING AFFAIR BEAUTIFULLY CARRIED OUT

Miss Angela Weibeler, daughter of W.H. Weibeler, and Mr. John Durrenberger of St. Paul, were united in marriage at Sts. Peter and Paul's church Wednesday morning, Rev. John Curry officiating.

Miss Helen Weibeler were maid of honor, and Ray Durrenberger was best man. The other attendants of the bridal party were Miss Mary Durrenberger and Miss Clara Townsend, and Messrs. Christian Weibeler and Nicholas Schons.

The bride was attired in a gown of bride's satin trimmed with Spanish lace and fur with full court train, the veil caught with orange blossoms and carried a shower bouquet of roses and lilies of the valley. The bride's maids were attired in yellow crepe de chene and carried pink roses.

A wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride's father for the immediate relatives. The rooms were decorated beautifully with oak leaves and yellow chrysanthemums.

After an extended wedding trip through the northern part of the state, Mr. and Mrs. Durrenberger will be at home in Wadena.

Those from out of town who were here for the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. A. Durrenberger, Miss Veronica Durrenberger, Peter Durrenberger, Miss Ida Tobias, of St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Weibeler and Mrs. Fred Heywood, of Aitken; Miss Esther Rethwill, of Le Sueur.2
Death

5 Jan 197482Mary died on 5 Jan 1974 in Saint Gabriel's Hospital, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG, at age 82.3,4
Obituary

7 Jan 197482Obituary of M. Angela Weibeler

Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, MN, January 7, 1974

Mrs. J.G. Durrenberger

     Mrs. John G. (M. Angela) Durrenberger, 82, a resident of the Pine Edge Inn, Little Falls, died Saturday afternoon in St. Gabriel's Hospital. She was born Sept. 5, 1891, in Belle Plaine, Minn., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Weibeler. She attended Mankato Teachers College, and had taught in New Prague. She married John G. (Jack) Durrenberger, Oct. 20, 1914, and they had lived in Wadena and in Perham most of their married life. They came to Little Falls in 1945, operated the West Side Clothing Store for a number of years, and had lived here ever since. She was a member of the Christian Mothers, in Perham, and of St. Gabriel's Hospital Auxiliary.
     Mrs. Durrenberger is survived by her husband; four sons and one daughter: Maj. Gen (Ret.) William J. Durrenberger, Des Moines, Iowa; Dr. Robert W., Phoenix, Ariz.; James F., Golita, Calif.; John A., Valparaiso, Fla., and Mrs. Warren (Patricia) Gordon Jr., Little Falls; also 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A brother, Dr. C.J. Weibeler, lives in Adrian, Minn.
     Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Church, with the Requiem Mass concelebrated by Rev. John Laky and Rev. Adrian Tirbak. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been made at the Simonet Funeral Home, where calling hours begin today at 4 p.m. The parish prayer services will be held there at 8 p.m., and the Knights of Columbus will pray the Office of the Dead at 8:30 p.m. today.

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Burial

8 Jan 197482She was buried on 8 Jan 1974 in Calvary Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

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Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19001 Jun 19008Mary was enumerated as the daughter of William (Wilhelm) Hubert Weibeler on the 1900 United States Census in Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota. Mary was 8 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Anna Maria (Mayme) Weibeler, Katherine (Kate) Weibeler, Clara Margaret (Topsey) Weibeler, Peter Hubert Weibeler, William Mathias Weibeler, Dr. Christian Joseph (Cox) Weibeler DDS, Katherine (Katharina) Schmitt, and John Robert Weibeler.6
Census19205 Jan 192028Mary was enumerated as the wife of John George Durrenberger on the 1920 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. Mary was 28 years old.

Also residing in the same household were General William John Durrenberger and Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD.7
Census19307 Apr 193038Mary was enumerated as the wife of John George Durrenberger on the 1930 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. Mary was 38 years old.

Also residing in the same household were General William John Durrenberger, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, James Frederick Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.8
Census19404 Apr 194048Mary was enumerated as the wife of John George Durrenberger on the 1940 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. Mary was 48 years old.

Also residing in the same household were General William John Durrenberger, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, James Frederick Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.9

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
Ca. 1915School teacher at New Prague, Le Sueur, Minnesota, United StatesG4

Children with: John George Durrenberger (1887 - 1974)

SonGeneral William John Durrenberger (1917 - 2002)
SonDr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD (1918 - 2012)
SonCdr. John Anthony Durrenberger (1920 - 1984)
SonJames Frederick Durrenberger (1923 - 2000)
DaughterPatricia Mary Durrenberger (1926 - 1988)

Citations

  1. [S92] Angela Weibeler, Birth Certificate No. A-212-45 (11 February 1892), unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  2. [S88] Angela Weibeler Wedding, Belle Plaine Herald, Belle Plaine, Minnesota, October 21, 1915. Hereinafter cited as Belle Plaine Herald.
  3. [S218] Ancestry.com - Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002), online www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota Death Index (1908-2002).
  4. [S85] M. Angela Weibeler Obituary, Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, Minnesota, January 7, 1974. Hereinafter cited as Little Falls Transcript.
  5. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 126922855. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  6. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1900 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  7. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1920 US Census.
  8. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  9. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

General William John Durrenberger

Person ID #21, (1917 - 2002)
Last Edited2 Sep 2018
Uncle of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherJohn George Durrenberger (1887 - 1974)
MotherMary Angela Weibeler (1891 - 1974)
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William J. (1917-2002) and Robert W. (1918-2012) Durrenberger as young boys
William J. (1917-2002) and Robert W. (1918-2012) Durrenberger as young boys
William (Bill) and Polly Durrenberger
Major General William J. Durrenberger
Robert and Bernadine Durrenberger, June Durrenberger, Polly and Bill Durrenberger
William John Durrenberger - Co
Polly and Bill Durrenberger with children Bill and Bob - ca 1960

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

15 Mar 19170General William John Durrenberger was born on 15 Mar 1917 in Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Baptism

Mar 1917~0He was baptized in Mar 1917 in Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Marriage

Alma Mary (Polly) Pagliai
3 Jan 194729General William John Durrenberger married Alma Mary (Polly) Pagliai, daughter of Attilio Giuseppe Pagliai and Elvira Montorsi, on 3 Jan 1947 in London, Greater London, England.
Note

Dec 196548The following article appreared in the Fergus Falls Minnesota Daily Journal on December 10,1965.

Perham's Class of 1935 to Have Two Generals
Col. William J. Durrenberger, 48, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Durrenberger of Perham, has been nominated by President Johnson for promotion to the rank of brigadier general. Col. Durrenberger is commander of the Tank Automotive Center, Warren, Michigan.

He becomes the second member of the Perham High School class of 1935 to attain the rank of general, joining Brig. Gen. Oaul A. Feyereisen.
Biography

1970~53Born in Wadena, Minnesota, on 15 March 1917, William J. Durrenberger graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1940 and was commissioned through ROTC. He then volunteered for active duty and trained at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, in ammunition manufacturing, followed by duty from 1940 to 1942 as Property and Transportation Officer at the Elwood Ordnance Plant in Illinois, a shell and bomb loading, assembly, and packing plant.
Following automotive maintenance training at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and tank maintenance training at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois Durrenberger next served in 1943 as Tank Maintenance and Repair Officer at the Red River Ordnance Depot, Texas. Later that year overseas service followed as a Technical Intelligence Officer in the European Theater, specializing in German and Italian combat vehicles. He returned to the United States in 1947 to serve in the Office of the Chief of Ordnance (OCO) in Washington, D.C., first as guided Missile and Rocket Design and Development Officer then, from 1948 to 1951, as Technical Operations Officer, Rocket Branch.
Durrenberger continued his association with the Ordnance Department's burgeoning missile program, which increasingly centered on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, where he reported for duty in 1951 as Director of Projects, responsible for coordinating the growing number of guided missile and rocket programs. In 1952 he was assigned as Assistant Director of the Ordnance Missile Laboratories at Redstone, an organization he helped create.
Durrenberger's range of talents continued to grow. Earning a Master's of Business Administration from Syracuse University in 1954, he returned to OCO to serve as Technical Director, Financial Management System Office, and then as Executive Officer in the Comptroller Office. In 1956 he returned to Redstone Arsenal as Chief of the Financial Management Office, Army Ballistic Missile Agency. With the establishment of the U.S. Army Ordnance Missile Command at Redstone in 1958, he was assigned as its Comptroller.
Following graduation from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1960, Durrenberger's career took yet another turn when he joined the J-4 Division (Logistics) of the joint United Nations and US Forces Command Korea as Chief, Logistic Plans Branch. In 1961 he returned to the United States to serve as Deputy Commandant, Ordnance Weapons Command, Rock Island, Illinois, and then as Chief of Staff when that organization was redesignated the US Army Weapons Command under the newly established Army Materiel Command.
In 1963 Durrenberger took command of the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts, where he was responsible for developing or improving a wide range of small arms, to include the M14 rifle and M60 machine gun. In 1965 he assumed command of the Army Tank-Automotive Center in Warren, Michigan then returned to Rock Island in 1966 as Commanding General of the US Army Weapons Command. He assumed his last active duty position in 1968 as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, later redesignated Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, at Headquarters US Army Pacific. MG Durrenberger retired in 1970 after 30 years of distinguished service. He died on 11 June 2002 in Aurora, Illinois.

Death

11 Jun 200285William died on 11 Jun 2002 in McAuley Manor, Aurora, Kane, Illinois, United StatesG, at age 85.
Obituary

15 Jun 200285The Des Moines Register, (IA) - June 15, 2002

William John Durrenberger, 85, of the 2700 block of Lynner Drive died of a heart ailment Tuesday at McAuley Manor in Aurora, Ill. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Basilica of St. Johns, of which he was a member. Entombment will be at Merle Hay Mausoleum.

Mr. Durrenberger was born in Wadena, Minn., and had lived in Des Moines since 1970. He was a retired career Army officer and a veteran of World War II. He was a member of American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by three sons, William Jr. of Sugar Grove, Ill., Robert of San Diego and Phillip of Des Moines a brother, Robert of Arizona and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Merle Hay Funeral Home, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to his church.

Burial

17 Jun 200285He was buried on 17 Jun 2002 in Merle Hay Mausoleum at Des Moines, Polk, Iowa.

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Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19205 Jan 19202William was enumerated as the son of John George Durrenberger on the 1920 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. William was 2 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler and Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD.2
Census19307 Apr 193013William was enumerated as the son of John George Durrenberger on the 1930 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. William was 13 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, James Frederick Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.3
Census19404 Apr 194023William was enumerated as the son of John George Durrenberger on the 1940 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. William was 23 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, James Frederick Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.4
ResidenceFrom 1970 - 2002William lived in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United StatesG, from 1970 - 2002.
.

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
Major General in the US Army

Citations

  1. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 126923358. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  2. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1920 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger

Person ID #22, (1920 - 1984)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Uncle of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherJohn George Durrenberger (1887 - 1974)
MotherMary Angela Weibeler (1891 - 1974)
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John A. Durrenberger receiving a Presidential Citation - 1965
John A. Durrenberger
(1920-1984)
John A. Durrenberger
World War II photograph
John Durrenberger_military
John A. Durrenberger
Military photo - ca WW II
(1920-1984)
John and Erlene Durrenberger
John A. Durrenberger article, 1967
John Durrenberger

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

22 Aug 19200Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger was born on 22 Aug 1920 in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Marriage

Erlene Bailey
19 Jun 194625Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger married Erlene Bailey on 19 Jun 1946 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States.1
Note

1976~56John and Erlene were separated December 27, 1976.1
Divorce

Erlene Bailey
29 Mar 197958Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger and Erlene Bailey were divorced on 29 Mar 1979 in Alexandria, Virginia, United StatesG.1
Marriage

Karleen Anne Murphy
3 Jul 198059Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger married Karleen Anne Murphy, daughter of John A. Murphy, on 3 Jul 1980 in Alexandria, Virginia, United States.2
Note

John and Karleen were separated September 30, 1981.1
Divorce

Karleen Anne Murphy
30 Sep 198262Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger and Karleen Anne Murphy were divorced on 30 Sep 1982 in Alexandria, Virginia, United StatesG.1
Death

29 Sep 198464John died on 29 Sep 1984 in Munich, Bavaria, GermanyG, at age 64.
Cause of Death

29 Sep 198464He died of heart attack at his hotel while on vacation.
Obituary

11 Oct 198464Obituary of John A. Durrenberger, Washington Post, October 11, 1984



On Saturday, September 29, 1984 in Munich, West Germany; John A. Durrenberger of Arlington, Va., beloved father of Diane Levy, Thomas E. and Alan A. Durrenberger; he is also survived by three brothers; one sister; and one grandson. Graveside service at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, October 11 at 1 pm. Arrangements by Arlington Funeral Home.

Burial

11 Oct 198464He was buried on 11 Oct 1984 in Arlington National Cemetery at Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia.

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Obituary

12 Oct 198464The Washington Post (DC) - October 12, 1984

John A. Durrenberger, 64, a retired civilian operations analyst with the Air Force who was a senior staff member of the Institute for Defense Analyses for nine years before retiring a second time in August 1984, died Sept. 29 at a hotel in Munich after a heart attack.

A resident of Arlington since 1975, he was vacationing in Europe when he was stricken.

Mr. Durrenberger was a native of Minnesota and earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering at the University of Minnesota. He served on active Navy duty during World War II and retired from the Reserves in 1980 with the rank of commander.

He joined the Air Force Department in the 1940s. He held posts at its tactical warfare center, at its headquarters in Europe and at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where he retired in 1975. He joined IDA when he moved to the Washington area.

His marriages to the former Erlene Bailey and the former Karleen Milnick ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children by his first marriage, Diane Levy of Fort Myers, Fla., Thomas E., of Niceville, Fla., and Alan A., of Orlando, Fla.; three brothers, retired Army Maj. Gen. William Durrenberger of Des Moines, Dr. Robert Durrenberger of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jim Durrenberger of Goleta, Calif.; a sister, Patricia Gordon of Tampa, Fla., and one grandchild.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19307 Apr 19309John was enumerated as the son of John George Durrenberger on the 1930 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. John was 9 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, General William John Durrenberger, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, James Frederick Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.4
Census19404 Apr 194019John was enumerated as the son of John George Durrenberger on the 1940 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. John was 19 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, General William John Durrenberger, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, James Frederick Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.5
Residence1979~59John lived in 60 South Van Dorn Street, Alexandria, Virginia, United StatesG, in 1979.
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Occupations

DateOccupation and location
Bet 1967 and 1970Director of Operations, Analysis Branch, USAFE (US Air Force in Europe) at Wiesbaden, GermanyG

Children with: Erlene Bailey (1918 - 2015)

DaughterDiane Durrenberger (ca. 1947 - )
SonThomas Edward Durrenberger (ca. 1950 - )
SonAlan A. Durrenberger (1954 - )

Citations

  1. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, Virginia, Divorce Records, 1918-2014. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  2. [S237] Ancestry.com, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  3. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 34794032. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  4. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  5. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD

Person ID #23, (1918 - 2012)
Last Edited19 Jan 2018
Uncle of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherJohn George Durrenberger (1887 - 1974)
MotherMary Angela Weibeler (1891 - 1974)
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Robert W. Durrenberger
William J. (1917-2002) and Robert W. (1918-2012) Durrenberger as young boys
William J. (1917-2002) and Robert W. (1918-2012) Durrenberger as young boys
Robert W. Durrenberger ca 1940
Robert W. Durrenberger
Robert and Bernadine Durrenberger, June Durrenberger, Polly and Bill Durrenberger
Robert W. Durrenberger and Bernadine Steigel wedding party - 1946
Robert W. Durrenberger and Bernadine Steigel wedding party - 1946
Robert W. Durrenberger biography, 2012
Patricia and Robert Durrenberger

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

2 Oct 19180Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD was born on 2 Oct 1918 in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Baptism

Oct 1918~0He was baptized in Oct 1918 in Saint Henry Catholic Church, Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Education

He received the following degrees: B.S., Moorhead State College; B.S., California Institute of Technology; M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
Mltinducti

16 Oct 194022Was inducted into the military on 16 Oct 1940 in Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United StatesG. Robert enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was shown as 70 inches in height and 162 pounds.
Engagement

Bernadine Ann Stiegel
25 Dec 194527He became engaged to Bernadine Ann Stiegel on 25 Dec 1945.
Marriage

Bernadine Ann Stiegel
15 Jul 194627Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD married Bernadine Ann Stiegel, daughter of Joseph Andrew Stiegel and Bernadine Nora (Bunny) Randall, on 15 Jul 1946 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United States.
Adoption

Daniel Joseph Durrenberger
Mar 195233Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD became Daniel's adoptive father in Mar 1952 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United StatesG.
Adoption

Mary Ann Durrenberger
Mar 195435Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD became Mary's adoptive father in Mar 1954 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United StatesG.
Death

20 Oct 201294Robert died on 20 Oct 2012 in Sun City, Maricopa, Arizona, United StatesG, at age 94.
Obituary

24 Oct 201294Obituary of Robery W. Durrenberger

Robert W. Durrenberger, 94, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away on October 20, 2012.

Robert was born in Perham, Minnesota to John and Angela Durrenberger. He served his country during WWII in the United States Army Air Corps and was honorably discharged as a Major.

Bob studied at Moorhead State University, Cal Tech and earned his MA from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D from UCLA.

He was a College Professor for the University of Kentucky, then at Cal State Northridge. In 1971, he and his family moved to Arizona where he became a full time professor of Geography at Arizona State University. While there, he established the Arizona State Climate Office

In retirement, Bob enjoyed golfing with friends, playing bridge and life at Royal Oaks Retirement Community.

He is preceded in death by his son, Dan Durrenberger. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Bernadine A. Durrenberger and his daughter, Mary Ann Marasco and her husband, Mike, 3 grandchildren, Dylan Marasco, Amy Armstrong (Patrick) and Kristen Gowen-MacDonald (William), and 2 beautiful great grandchildren, Emily and Taylor Armstong.

Funeral

29 Oct 201294His funeral was held on 29 Oct 2012 in Saint Clement of Rome Catholic Church, Sun City, Maricopa, Arizona, United StatesG.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19205 Jan 19201Robert was enumerated as the son of John George Durrenberger on the 1920 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. Robert was 1 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler and General William John Durrenberger.1
Census19307 Apr 193011Robert was enumerated as the son of John George Durrenberger on the 1930 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. Robert was 11 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, General William John Durrenberger, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, James Frederick Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.2
Census19404 Apr 194021Robert was enumerated as the son of John George Durrenberger on the 1940 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. Robert was 21 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, General William John Durrenberger, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, James Frederick Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.3
ResidenceFrom 1971 - 2012Robert lived in Sun City, Maricopa, Arizona, United StatesG, from 1971 - 2012.

Bernadine Ann Stiegel also lived in the same household.

Occupations

DateOccupation and location
From 1958 - 1971Founding faculty member and Professor of Geography at California State University at Northridge, Los Angeles, California, United StatesG

Children with: Bernadine Ann Stiegel (1924 - )

SonDaniel Joseph Durrenberger (1952 - 2009)
DaughterMary Ann Durrenberger (1954 - )

Citations

  1. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1920 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  2. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1930 US Census.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

Patricia Mary Durrenberger

Person ID #24, (1926 - 1988)
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
Mother of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherJohn George Durrenberger (1887 - 1974)
MotherMary Angela Weibeler (1891 - 1974)
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Patricia Mary Durrenberger, childhood photograph - ca 1927
Patricia Mary Durrenberger, High School Photograph - ca 1944
Patricia Mary Durrenberger, High School Photograph - ca 1944
Patricia Mary Durrenberger 1926-1988
Patricia Mary Durrenberger chi
w and p gordon Jr marriage 194
Warren M Gordon Jr. and Patricia Durrenberger wedding, 1946
Warren M Gordon Jr. and Patricia Durrenberger wedding, 1946
Patricia and Robert Durrenberger

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

4 Jul 19260Patricia Mary Durrenberger was born on 4 Jul 1926 in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Baptism

Jul 1926~0She was baptized in Jul 1926 in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Graduation

Jun 194417She graduated in Jun 1944 from Perham High School, Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Marriage

Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr
14 Aug 194620Patricia Mary Durrenberger married Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr, son of Warren McKean (Blackie) Gordon Sr and Georgianna St. Martin, on 14 Aug 1946 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United States. Warren's brother, Thomas Gordon, was the best man and his sister, Joan Gordon, was the bridesmaid. They held their wedding reception at the Little Falls Country Club.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, MN
Warren M Gordon Jr. and Patricia Durrenberger wedding, 1946
Death

1 Feb 198861Patricia died on 1 Feb 1988 in University Community Hospital, Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, United StatesG, at age 61.
Cause of Death

1 Feb 198861She died of acute pulmonary embolism.
Funeral

4 Feb 198861Her funeral was held on 4 Feb 1988 in Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, United StatesG. The clergyman for the funeral was Fr. Pat Rebel.
Cremation

5 Feb 198861She was cremated on 5 Feb 1988 in International Mortuary Inc., Saint Petersburg, Pinellas, Florida, United StatesG.
Funeral

26 Mar 198861Her funeral was held on 26 Mar 1988 in Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Burial

26 Mar 198861She was buried on 26 Mar 1988 in Calvary Cemetery at Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota.

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Probate

Jul 1988~62Her estate was probated in Jul 1988 in Temple Terrace, Hillsborough, Florida, United StatesG.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19307 Apr 19303Patricia was enumerated as the daughter of John George Durrenberger on the 1930 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. Patricia was 3 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, General William John Durrenberger, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, and James Frederick Durrenberger.2
Census19404 Apr 194013Patricia was enumerated as the daughter of John George Durrenberger on the 1940 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. Patricia was 13 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, General William John Durrenberger, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, and James Frederick Durrenberger.3
ResidenceFrom 1952 - 1978Patricia, the wife of Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr, lived in 114 8th Street SE, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG, from 1952 - 1978.
.

Children with: Warren McKean (Buzz) Gordon Jr (1919 - 1980)

SonWarren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (1947 - )
DaughterSuzanne Marie Gordon (1950 - )
DaughterNancy Ann Gordon (1954 - )
SonJames Patrick (Jimmy G) Gordon (1956 - 2010)

Citations

  1. [S281] Find A Grave Website, online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 126923775. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  2. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1930 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.

James Frederick Durrenberger1

Person ID #25, (1923 - 2000)
Last Edited25 Jun 2017
Uncle of Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III (17 Jun 1947 - )

Parents

FatherJohn George Durrenberger (1887 - 1974)
MotherMary Angela Weibeler (1891 - 1974)
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James F. Durrenberger
(1923-2000)
James F. Durrenberger
June and James Durrenberger - 1989 - Catalina Island, California
James F. Durrenberger
James Durrenberger

Events and Notes

EventDateAgeLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

1 Jan 19230James Frederick Durrenberger was born on 1 Jan 1923 in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Christening

Jan 19230He was christened in Jan 1923 in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United StatesG.
Baptism

Warren McKean (Sandy) Gordon III
29 Jun 194724James Frederick Durrenberger became the godfather at Warren's baptism on 29 Jun 1947 in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, United StatesG+.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Little Falls, MN
Marriage

June Nancy Verhulst
3 Sep 195532James Frederick Durrenberger married June Nancy Verhulst, daughter of Victor Verhulst and Dorothy Luehring, on 3 Sep 1955 in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.
Retirement

1987~64James Frederick Durrenberger was retired as an engineering writer for General Motors in 1987.
Death

15 Sep 200077James died on 15 Sep 2000 in Goleta, Santa Barbara, California, United StatesG, at age 77.
Obituary

20 Sep 200077DURRENBERGER, James F.


1/1/23 - 9/15/00. James F. Durrenberger was born on January 1, 1923 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was one of 5 children born to Angela & Jack Durrenberger. Jim graduated from Perham High School an attended the University of Minnesota. Following military service in the Medical Corps in WW II he joined General Motors and retired in 1987. He enjoyed his retirement years doing volunteer work for St. Marks Parish and Catholic Charities, traveling with his wife June of 45 years and their daily walks with 'Pierre'.

Jim is survived by his wife June, daughters Sally Williamson and Judy Durrenberger, son Paul Durrenberger, son in law Rick Williamson, and granddaughters Holly and Natalie Williamson. Jim was devoted to charitable causes, his family, and church. He loved to be with children and animals. We will miss his sense of humor, letters to the editor, and his constant loving support.

Masses will be said in behalf of Jim Durrenberger at St Marks and St Rafaels Catholic churches. A private memoriam will be held for the immediate family members later this week. In lieu of flowers please send donations to St Marks Catholic Church in Jim Durrenberger's name.

Census and Residence

Census TypeDateAgeCensus and Residences
Census19307 Apr 19307James was enumerated as the son of John George Durrenberger on the 1930 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. James was 7 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, General William John Durrenberger, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.2
Census19404 Apr 194017James was enumerated as the son of John George Durrenberger on the 1940 United States Census in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. James was 17 years old.

Also residing in the same household were Mary Angela Weibeler, General William John Durrenberger, Dr. Robert Warren Durrenberger PhD, Cdr. John Anthony Durrenberger, and Patricia Mary Durrenberger.3
ResidenceJames lived in Goleta, Santa Barbara, California, United StatesG.
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Children with: June Nancy Verhulst (1931 - 2011)

DaughterSally Ann Durrenberger (1959 - )
DaughterJudith Lynn Durrenberger (1961 - )
SonPaul James Durrenberger (1963 - )

Citations

  1. [S8] "James F. Durrenberger Research", 1990, James F. Durrenberger (Goleta, CA), to Warren M. Gordon (Bellevue, WA); unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as "James F. Durrenberger Research".
  2. [S237] Ancestry.com online database, 1930 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  3. [S237] Ancestry.com, 1940 US Census.
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